On Saturday, 21 January, voluntary women’s solidarity events under a single title – Sister march – were organized around the world. In Riga, the event gathered at least 200 people.
Participants gathered for the march at Poļu gate, Old Riga, at 11:00. Once all participants gathered, they started making their way to the Freedom Monument.
«More and more political initiatives that threaten women’s rights have appeared in recent years. American legislators limit women’s rights to receive healthcare. In Poland, women are forced to fight for the right to perform abortion, even if pregnancy puts their lives and health at risk. In Russia, legislators discuss the proposal to not view domestic violence as punishable. Women in Saudi Arabia fight for their right to drive a car. Girls in Ghana cannot attend school because hygiene products for menstruation are not available there. An initiative has been launched in Bangladesh to cease forced marriages of under-aged girls. The desire to limit women’s rights is present in wealthy and poor countries alike, regardless of the dominant religion,» – representatives of Papardes zieds association say.
They say women in Latvia also deserve better equality. Recently, Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church proposed introducing a restriction that would prohibit women from becoming priests. There was a risk of Latvia becoming one of the few countries that did not sign the Istanbul Convention against domestic violence. Partner relationships law to regulate and protect women in relationships that are not registered in either church or marriages registry was not approved. There are deputies in the Saeima who believe that women are incapable of making decisions regarding their reproductive health and pick the time for childbirth on their own.