Women issues come to the fore in March for HERS

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The second annual March for HERS event brought together women of all ages to discuss issues that women in general—the #MeToo movement and “Times Up”—and women in the Marianas currently with.

Last Saturday, women gathered at the American Memorial Park Visitor Center’s theater to witness the presentation of five individuals who discussed issues such as women’s health, women’s empowerment, women’s representation, and women’s safety.

The presentations got women to thinking whether they are satisfied with how they are currently being treated in the Marianas, or if they want to be the drivers for any change that may be needed in the Marianas.

This year’s theme was “Empowering Women to be Leaders for Change,” and the event sought to educate attendees about women’s issues through a series of brief presentations and open discussions with a wide variety of experts on health, economic security, representation, and safety issues.

According to former representative Tina Sablan, males dominate most of the representation roles in the CNMI; currently, there are only about two women in the House of Representatives and one woman in the Senate. She urged all the women at the event to consider standing up and representing women’s voices in the Legislature.

To end the event, women of all ages and men who supported the cause created signs that they held up as they marched around the American Memorial Park.

Over 30 participated in the march, in a symbolic support for women everywhere who need the reassurance that they are powerful and that their voices can be heard if they want it to be.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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