On Saturday 21st January, women from all over the world are marching. The Women’s Equality Party (WEP) will be leading the march on London, encouraging people of all genders and backgrounds to come together and fight misogyny.
After Donald Trump was elected to become the next President of the US, women met online and discussed the best way to protest against this decision. Trump is a well-known misogynist, claiming to be “for the people”, but actually only intent on removing hard-won rights such as access to abortion and affordable healthcare. Many people, particularly feminists, believe that Trump’s election only serves to normalise misogyny – especially after this story broke, where Christopher von Keyserling claimed he “didn’t need to be politically correct any more” after pinching his female colleague’s genitals. Many people believe that this is just the beginning of a world where sexual assault is deemed acceptable, and equality becomes a faraway dream.
Although we may not be living under Trump’s thumb, the US is a huge player in the world – not just economically, but socially too. We take many cues from the US when it comes to language, fashion, technology. Smarter people than I can tell you much more about how the US influences other countries, but even I know that there will be ripples from how the US behaves. If they country is run by a bunch of racist misogynists who repeal affordable healthcare and treat their citizens terribly, with arguably the biggest bigot at the helm, we will feel the effects of that.
The marches aren’t explicitly anti-Trump; they’re more about women’s rights as a whole, with the election of Trump acting as the catalyst. Women have been fighting for a long time, and we still haven’t achieved full equality. So, we march. Apparently, there are over 250 marches planned across 5 continents – from Washington DC to London to Edinburgh to Stockholm.
The Women’s March on London will commence on 21st January 2017 at 12 noon in Grosvenor Square, followed by the WEP Rally in Trafalgar Square between 14:00 & 15:30. For more information on the march, visit the Facebook event here, and here for the route/schedule. The marches are inclusive and all are welcome to join.
WEP co-founder Sandi Toksvig will MC the Trafalgar Square rally, which starts after the march. WEP member, Tanya Moodie will address the crowd as part of a diverse line-up of speakers and entertainers, including WE supporter and comedian Sara Pascoe.
Other speakers include:
- Lady Phyll
- Natasha Walter/Women 4 refugee women
- Yvette Cooper
- Polly Neate
- Akeela Ahmed
- Bianca Jagger
- Caroline Russell (greens)
- Eve Best
- Sajeela Kershaw
- Isabel Adomakoh Young (50.50)
- Diana Holland
A full line-up will be announced shortly.
Due to ill health, I probably won’t be marching in London. It saddens me to miss such an historic event, but I’ll be doing all I can from home. If you find it difficult to physically attend such marches, don’t despair, there’s still plenty to do! Raise awareness by posting on your blog or your social media pages, keep track of the news and alert your sisters of any developments they might not be away of on the front line, and just raise your voice to join theirs. The march will be live-streamed on Facebook for those of you who want to watch.
If you are attending the march, there’s plenty of information online to make sure you’re safe. There will be a dedicated team to help those with disabilities, as well as details on the closest public toilets and cafes for rest stops. There will also be plenty of first aiders available. The Facebook event has all relevant information, so do check it and make sure you’re fully prepared. And enjoy! This is an exciting, historic event, & will hopefully change things for the better. The future is female!