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This is why they march

Before the international community came together at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, we learned a lot from the women and men, girls and boys who work every day to make rights and choices a reality in their communities – sometimes risking their lives, and always giving of themselves.

They were the ones braving explosions to deliver babies in humanitarian crises ... climbing mountains to bring contraceptives to remote places ... walking miles barefoot to persuade leaders to abandon female genital mutilation. They ones who make sure the people they care about have what they need to claim their rights. The ones with the courage to challenge inequality and violence, and to talk about the things no one else wants to talk about. 

They kept going – because there’s too much at stake for them to stop. This is why they marched to Nairobi.

Scores of people around the world used the hashtag #IMarchFor to join the conversation on social media – and shared their stories of action to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment in their communities.

This is why they march | Dominican Republic

This is why they march – For sexuality education in the Dominican Republic

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This is why they march | Nepal

This is why they march – For family planning access in Nepal

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This is why they march | Rwanda

This is why they march – For sexuality education in Rwanda

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This is why they march | Bolivia

This is why they march – For sexual and reproductive health in Bolivia

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This is why they march | Yemen

This is why they march – For pregnant women and newborns in Yemen

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This is why they march | The Gambia

This is why they march – For an end to FGM in the Gambia

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