Dozens attend rally at State Capitol for International Women's Day
Millions stood together around the globe in solidarity to demand equality for women in commemoration of International Women's Day. The movement could also be heard here in the 50th state.
HONOLULU - Millions stood together around the globe in solidarity to demand equality for women in commemoration of International Women's Day. The movement could also be heard here in the 50th state.
Dozens attended a rally at the State Capitol hosted by feminist organization AF3IRM Hawaii.
"It's a protest against male power that has silenced women overtime so collectively we are seeing with this movement women are coming together to speak out," Cu Ri Lee, AF3IRM Hawaii said.
About a hundred pairs of women's shoes were scattered at the base of Queen Lili'uokalani's statue. Each one symbolizing how prevalent harassment is, here in the islands.
"Because it's known as the Aloha state: they remain silent, they wanna keep their jobs, they want to be safe and so they don't feel safe to speak out so we're letting them know through this action and through our right activism that they can't be empowered to do so if they want to," Lee said.
Speeches from sexual assault survivors struck a chord with Mikey Inouye, a film maker.
"It breaks my heart that it makes me really mad, that it makes me feel helpless, that it makes me want to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem and I think men have to be a part of the solution and anyone who tries to take a neutral stance on this is just going to be a part of the problem," Inouye said.
Global demonstrations come on the heels of the #MeToo movement that showcased harassment accusations in Hollywood. Something actress Reese Witherspoon knows all too well, she revealed a director sexually assaulted her when she was just 16.
"With revelation to, who were harassed or assaulted but were worried about their job we were all going to come together," Witherspoon said.
That movement has encouraged thousands to come forward with painful stories of their own. And the hope is staying silent will become an action of the past.