One year on, Women keep marching

One year on, women keep marching

This weekend marks one year since Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States.

That means it’s also been one year since an estimated two million citizens from around the world — from Nairobi to New York to Antarctica and Sydney — took to the streets to protest the racism, sexism and bigotry he represents.

According to the New York Times, the protest in Washington had three times as many people as Trump’s inauguration.

So this weekend, marchers will be doing it all over again.

In Australia, they’ll kick of in major cities between 10 and 11am on Sunday the 21st. Those in Sydney can meet in Hyde Park; those in Melbourne in the Alexandra Gardens; and those in Brisbane in King George Square (check out the hyperlinked Facebook pages for more updates and to register your attendance).

During the marches the hosts plan to organise human chains to demonstrate “a show of strength and solidarity”. The theme is ‘Unbroken’ and the Sydney organisers say, “We are taking a stand against assault, harassment and violence against women. We are unbroken.”

This year the numbers may not be as large as 2017 — and there are reports that the movement is much less united than it was — but over the past 12 months women have said ‘enough’ in other ways.

Most notably (at least according to what got the most headlines) through the #MeToo movement that started in Hollywood and went global.

Bu also through more women taking an active interest in getting directly involved in politics.

In the US, there’s been a huge surge in women putting their hand up to run for office since the 2016 presidential election, with EMILY’s List reporting back in November they had heard from more than 20,000 such women inspired to run — up from just 900 during the full 2015/16 election cycle.

Meanwhile, a new group March On has been created in the US and is building momentum. Their aim is essentially to help women in Republican-led areas organise ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

As March On member Lindsey Kanaly, who organised the Women’s March in Oklahoma City last year, told the New York Times.

“We can march and take to the streets and yell about all the stuff we want to change, but unless we’re getting people elected to office who are going to make those changes, we’re not really doing anything,”

Still the marches are important and, as last year demonstrated, are a very special way to join with others who are seeking something better.

Check out some of our footage from last year’s march in Sydney:

And we’re off! #womensmarchsyd #womensmarch

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