Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - More than a million people turned out on Saturday for Women's Solidarity marches in all 50 of the United States of America. It is reported that there were even marches in all seven continents. Thousands of women demonstrated their commitment to women's rights in Mexico City.
Over 500 people gathered in each of the communities of Puerto Vallarta and San Pancho, many dressed in white, carrying signs with messages of support for women's rights and human rights.
In San Pancho, the international celebration began with a march through town. At the central plaza, the program was kicked off with drummers, Copal incense, and chanting. Numerous homemade signs were proudly held aloft, with more than 500 passionate women, men, children and families joining to exalt messages of support for women's rights and human rights.
Contingents from Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita, Lo de Marcos, La Cruz, Chacala, La Penita, Tepic, and other Mexican locations were represented along with expat residents and visitors from more than 15 states, Canada, and a group from Argentina.
In Puerto Vallarta, people gathered in a moment of silence in front of Los Arches.
Love, hope and refusal to go backwards from the rights women have obtained over the years were the themes of the day, with a focus on supporting the Women's March in Washington D.C.
Tobe Jensen, Chair of the Banderas Bay Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico proclaimed "Women's rights are human rights," and urged the attentive audience to all commit to political action."It was a magical day," Marilyn Hall, an expat from Texas said. "I'll never forget this. It was wonderful to experience the commitment of some many young, old, women, men, Mexicans, Americans, Canadians, and people from all over the world."