Maria Kostaki, one of the organisers of the Athens Women’s March, welcomed those who gathered outside the US Embassy with some simple but stirring words:
“I am here today because I believe that women’s rights, minorities’ rights, LGBT rights are HUMAN rights.
I am here because all of our parents and grandparents fought so hard to provide us with a world more accepting and more equal than the one they grew up in.
I am here because I refuse to let their work be undone. I am here because I want my son to grow up in a world that embraces us all.
Now, I know we won’t wake up tomorrow to a different reality, (though we did today). But this is a start, we and the 2.2 million people gathering in solidarity around the world, are part of something with enormously powerful potential; a movement that stands up to bigotry, hate, racism and cruelty.
Thank you for showing up, you are all amazing, and we are STRONGER TOGETHER.”
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