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“Solidarity and Diversity”: Kyiv Women’s March 2019 (PHOTOS)
9 March, 2019
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“Flowers are for flower beds, rights are for women!” This is just one of the slogans that featured on placards during Kyiv’s Women’s March on March 8, International Women’s Day. Several hundred participants came out to remind people that this occasion is not just about “beauty and femininity,” but a day for women to talk about their rights.

Photo: Anastasia Vlasova/Hromadske

The motto of this year’s march was “Solidarity and Diversity.”

Photo: Anastasia Vlasova/Hromadske

Other slogans included, “No violence, harassment, rape!” and “My body is my business!”

The march started at 12:30 p.m. at Mykhailivska Square. Participants walked through the city center, through Independence Square to Poshtova Square, where they were escorted to the metro by police.  

Photo: Anastasia Vlasova/Hromadske

Several dozen law enforcement, including National Guard officers, were there to supervise the event.

Photo: Anastasia Vlasova/Hromadske

“I’ve come out to the march because I want to see the creation of a network in Ukraine, which provides support for women who have survived domestic violence. In our country, there is a stereotype that post-traumatic stress disorder is a war veteran’s condition. But this also affects women, who have lived through stress in their family life, where they have been beaten and bullied,” says participant Ksenia Chubyk.

“I don’t like the way most of the male population treat me. They think they have the right to my body. I came out to say: ‘No, guys, this is my right and I will not do what you want,’” says Oleksandra, who also took part in the event.

Photo: Anastasia Vlasova/Hromadske

Representatives of the far-right conservative groups were also came to Mykhailivska Square to protest the march.

Members of the Sisterhood of St. Olha stood with placards of: “Feminism kills.” They refused to comment to Hromadske, stating that only their organizers can talk to the press. Over the megaphone they called out that they were in the name of the patriarchy and were waiting for the day feminists decide to join their Sisterhood.

Photo: Anastasia Vlasova/Hromadske

There were a few instances where opponents of the march tried to provoke the participants into fights. However, the event went smoothly. The police managed to stop those trying to disrupt the march.

/Translated by Sofia Fedeczko