by Laura Murray
“Stand with women on March 8 to build bridges of peace and hope for the future.”
On March 8, women will be showing their unity and peace on bridges around the world! March 8 is International Women’s Day, and also the day of Join Me on the Bridge.
Join Me on the Bridge started three years ago when women from Congo and Rwanda stood together on the bridge between the two African countries. Congo and Rwanda have a long history of conflicts involving war, death, and rape. Most of the wars have been over resources like gold and minerals. The horrible violence, especially against women, still continues. But these women stood together on the bridge to show their unity and called for peace.
The women’s demonstration fired up the world! Last year, thousands of people around the globe gathered on bridges to show their support for women in war-torn countries and for women in their own communities.
Join Me on the Bridge celebrates the strength of women and all they have accomplished. They may be from different countries, speak different languages, and have different cultures…but they are all working together to make a difference!
Watch the videos: Journalist Jude Wanga, who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo speaks about: What Join Me on the Bridge Means to Me. For the full video and her story, check out the JMOTB website. Here’s a link to the video by Women to Women International.
There are a lot of problems, such as war and inequality, in the world, but the women and men of all ages standing on the bridges want to show that we do have hope for the future!
Read about the experience of Megan, New Moon Girls online editor, at Join Me on the Bridge.
Can’t get to a bridge? Organize your own event in your town to spread the word about women’s strength! Look at Rachel’s ideas for ways to participate in International Women’s Day!
Bridges connect people. They help us get from where we are to a new place. How will you be a bridge? Be sure to let us know how you got involved!