A delegation of OIS students and teachers marched in protest yesterday in downtown Osaka. Marches were taking place all over the world to protest the racist and sexist statements, policies and actions of US president Donald Trump. The goal of the marches were to raise awareness of women’s and minorities’ rights.
In a Japan Times article about the event in Osaka, OIS student Manon Raby was quoted,
Manon Raby, a student at an international high school in Osaka who participated in the event, said there wasn’t really a lot of talk among her Japanese friends publicly about Trump and the past year.
“People seem to talk politics around the dinner table, but not really participate in marches like this,” she said.
Our mission statement challenges us to “contribute to the global community”. The OIS teachers and students demonstrating activism certainly were fulfilling this goal. The mission statement of the IB is to create a better and more peaceful world. Peaceful activism and standing up for what they believe are necessary for democracy.
We plan to continue the conversation on women’s rights on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018. We are planning events on this day, including a roundtable discussion and lessons raising awareness.