Sunday 21s January 2018 marked the one year anniversary of The Women's March. The Women's March is a women-led power movement that brought together people of all genders, races, cultures, ages, political affiliations and backgrounds on January 21, 2017, to protest for our equal humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination.
The marches began after the US election proved a catalyst for a uproar of women to assert the positive values of women's rights. On January 21 2017, the first day of Donald Trump’s Presidency, women-led marches who welcoming all participants, with the largest in Washington D.C.. Which consequently led to marches taken place across the world, full of women and men who stood united to create positive change and show we cannot be silenced.
The marches mark an integral part of history as they called upon people of all genders to march in London and worldwide as part of an international day of action in solidarity.
We marched for the protection of our fundamental rights and for the safeguarding of freedoms threatened by recent political events. We united and stood together for the dignity and equality of all peoples, for the safety and health of our planet and for the strength of our vibrant and diverse communities.
Just some of the rights being protested for included:
● We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. This is the basic and original tenet from which all our values stem.
● We believe Gender Justice is Racial Justice is Economic Justice. We must create a society in which all women — including Black women, working class women, young women, disabled women, immigrant women, incarcerated women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women—are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.
● Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of violence against our bodies and minds. In the UK one in four women have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate male partner within their lifetime; two women a week are murdered by a current or former partner. Further, each year, thousands of women and girls, particularly women of colour, migrants and transgender women and girls, are kidnapped, trafficked, or murdered. We honor the lives of those women who were taken before their time and we affirm that we work for a day when all forms of violence against women are eliminated.
This anniversary marches held a magnificent participation of over 5 million of us worldwide, and over 100,000 in London, came to march, speak and make our voices heard. Which is incredible as there is no way they can ignore our voices when they are at that magnitude. However, the work is not over yet as you can still have an impact on your community, your workplace and your every day life. Stand up for the unjust, the minorities, the ones that do not have a voice, begin small as everything any of us as individuals do, has an impact. Whether you begin with volunteering or veganuary, give yourself a starting point and fight for what matters because otherwise, who will?