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Women's Rights are Human Rights

Cheryle Galloway | Washington, D.C., United States

Protestors gather by the Washington Monument with signs which read "My choice".

On May 14, 2022, I attended the Bans Off Our Bodies: Rally for Abortion Rights in Washington, DC. The rallies, which took place in several cities across the US, were in response to Politico publishing a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion in the Center's case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which would overrule Roe v Wade taking away women's constitutional right to legal and safe abortions.

Women and men gathered on the National Mall for the rally, then marched towards the Supreme Court of the United States.

I watched a video of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's address to the UN's Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. I was fourteen years old at the time and in high school. As a young girl in Zimbabwe, which is a male-dominated society,I recall watching on a VHS cassette in awe of how outspoken she was. I remember thinking what an empowered woman and the US is a place where women have the right to determine their own futures.

Seventeen years later, in 2012, now a woman and having recently moved to the US, I realized that women in this country did not have as much equality as I initially thought. The 2016 election between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump revealed how deeply ingrained misogynistic attitudes towards women in the US are.

The subsequent election of Donald Trump as President and the appointment of three conservative Justices, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney-Barrett, have set the stage for the potential reversal of Roe v. Wade and the dismantling of women's access to reproductive healthcare in the US. Women's rights to self-determination are under threat.

In the words of First Lady Hillary Clinton,"Every woman deserves the chance to realize her God-given potential," which includes the right to determine her reproductive destiny.

Instagram: @cheryle.g.galloway

Website: https://cherylegalloway.com

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