As probably a lot of you have heard, last Saturday hundreds of Women’s Marches were held across the world in protest of recent political events. Donald Trump had just been inaugurated. Over the last week he has continued to do pretty awful stuff. These Women’s Marches were in support and protection of our rights, and for equality.
I attended the Women’s March on London. It was my first demonstration/march/suchlike — I didn’t bring a placard, and I wasn’t able to march the whole way, but I walked for a bit and then my mum & I stood on the steps in front of the National Gallery. I was surrounded by others who were angry about the world.
We talked a bit to the those standing around us, and it was cool to see that there seemed to be a wide variety of people attending. The newspapers after said that it was mostly young people, but I actually saw a lot of families there, so. I’m not sure where that came from. I don’t completely know the stats, though.
There were a bunch of different speakers including Sandi Toksvig, Tanya Moodie, and 10 year old Sumayah Siddiqi. Sometimes it was difficult to hear them but the ones I heard were excellent! (I was so impressed by Sumayah. SHE WAS SO COOL.)
Some of my friends were also going — I thought I might meet up with them, but there was a much higher turnour than expected and it just wasn’t going to happen. (I think it’s estimated that around 100,000 people marched, instead of the 15 – 20,000 planned.)
I’m really glad that I went. I know that this march might not directly impact anything, but I wanted to show that yes, there is resistance. But if you didn’t attend, even if you support equality/feminism/anti-Trump things, then that is also completely okay and valid. (I’m assuming that most people here are in support of those? Yeah.) I think it needs to be acknowledged that fighting is not only marching but something that continues every day.
I said this at the start of the year, but I really want to be more pro-active in helping to fight prejudice and hatred and generally do what I can to help. I do a lot of talking and reading, and whilst of course both of those are vitally important, I know that I am able to do more. There are some great people talking about stuff, and the website It’s Time to Fight has some very productive info on current issues and what you can do to help. The Women’s March organisers have created a new campaign called 10 Actions/100 Days. A lot of the things I’ve seen have been focused on people living in the US, however — like calling your representatives — but I found this twitter thread for how people in the UK can do stuff really helpful:
And finally here’s a Time Out article on seven things you can do following the Women’s March. If you have any other things you think I should read, then I’d love to hear them!
Many people marched for many different reasons. For me, I think it’s really important to remember that this is not just a march for women’s equality, but against all kinds of prejudice, and that many different people across the world experience different types of discrimination.
Alongside his extremely misogynistic views, Trump has brought about a tide of racism, anti-semitism, islamophobia, homophobia/transphobia/queerphobia, ableism, and just…a lot of hatred. (Which are also in many other places across the world, like here in the UK.) He and his government are dangerous to so many people. They’ve already started hugely damaging things like the immigration ban and calling mandatory vaccines into question.
I am worried. This is difficult to process. But I think now it’s so vital to keep standing together and working to improve things. And I hope that we can.