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Photos from the Women's March on the WTO Protests; Hong Kong, Day 4, page 1
Hong Kong, December 16- More than 250 people gathered for a Women’s March Against the World Trade Organization (WTO). The event was sponsored by several Asian women’s organizations with the intent of demonstrating that worldwide—and certainly in Asia—peasant and low-income women suffer the worst effects of poverty, insecurity and displacement caused by WTO policies that benefit multinational corporations and rich countries at the expense of the majority of the world.
At a small park from where the march began, women unfolded an enormous patchwork quilt. The quilt was a compilation of many smaller quilts that had been brought to Hong Kong by anti-WTO women’s delegations from all over Asia. Many of the quilts had been signed or drawn on by women who could not come to Hong Kong but who wished to express their solidarity to protesters. In an article on their website, the Thailand-based organization Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) described the quilt as being symbolic of the “weaving together of all our patches of resistance towards a global resistance against corporate globalization and the landlessness and poverty it has brought to women in the Asia Pacific region and around the world. “
Other organizers of the march include Filipino groups Gabriela—a national liberation movement “working to free women from all forms of economic and political oppression and discrimination” around issues of sexual violence and abuse, health and reproductive rights;” also the Asian Peasant Women's Network (APWN) and the National Federation of Peasant Women in the Philippines (AMIHAN).