More than 2 million women took to the streets in 60 countries across the world on the first day of Donald Trump’s tenure as US President to protest what many have called a marginalising, populist and sexist rhetoric.
Protests took place in 673 locations across dozens of cities around the world with more than 200 organisations joining marches according to the Women’s March website. Marchers called for justice, gender equality and defence of human rights.
Initiation of the march in Washington DC began on 9 November 2016, a day after Donald Trump was elected. Soon after ‘sister marches’ began being organised across the world.
The event was originally called the “Million Women March” however organisers changed the name to evoke the 1963 civil rights rally, March on Washington, where Martin Luther King made his historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.
Organisers have said the March is against the insulting, demonising, and threatening rhetoric of Donald Trump, which has “threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.”
The crowds in Washington appeared to be larger than the crowds that turned out for Donald Trump’s inauguration the day before.