No matter where you live in the world, gender equality has yet to become a reality. But that doesn’t stop advocates from fighting against sexism every single day. Recently, in India, protesters formed a human chain in response to a Hindu temple’s ban on women.
BBC News reports that yesterday, January 1st, about five million people from across the Indian state of Kerala gathered at Sabarimala temple to demand gender equality. Sabarimala temple is a major shrine and the largest annual pilgrimage site in the world (millions of people visit every year). Those gathered formed a “women’s wall” that stretched nearly 385 miles in protest of the temple’s historic ban on women of “menstruating age” (between 10 and 50). The protest was organized by Kerala’s local government, which originally expected three million demonstrators.