Launch a movement for/about something?

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High on grammar

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Farsi
Hello everyone:
Is it correct to say “He launched a movement about children’s rights”? According to “Oxford Collocations Dictionary', the only preposition that fits “movement” is “for”. Do you guys agree?
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  • High on grammar

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    Farsi
    Hi,

    in my opinion, only "for" is correct.
    Googlebooks gives 17000 hits for " movement about; here is one:

    Is Another World Really Possible? - Page 212

    It's distressing that, two years after Seattle, I should have to write this, but someone obviously should: in North America especially, this is a movement about reinventing democracy. It is not opposed to organization. It is about creating new forms ...
     
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    gramman

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    Oxford dictionaries are unlikely to publish errors. It depends on context. (Sound familiar? ;) )

    A movement can certainly be about something, but you would rarely launch a movement about. Google generates only a few hits, and those include:
    • launched a movement about two years back — a different use of about
    • launched a movement about two months ago — same thing
    • launched a "movement about movement" — also a different use
    • Today, members of the UK government has once again launched a movement about the same. — not a very careful writer
    There are three others — not much support.
     

    High on grammar

    Senior Member
    Farsi
    Oxford dictionaries are unlikely to publish errors. It depends on context. (Sound familiar? ;) )

    A movement can certainly be about something, but you would rarely launch a movement about. Google generates only a few hits, and those include:
    • launched a movement about two years back — a different use of about
    • launched a movement about two months ago — same thing
    • launched a "movement about movement" — also a different use
    • Today, members of the UK government has once again launched a movement about the same. — not a very careful writer
    There are three others — not much support.
    Thanks. Just making sure.
     
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