On the 21st of January, the day following the inauguration of president Donald Trump, millions (4.8 million and counting) have taken to the streets around the US, Canada, Mexico and in major cities around the world in a show of protest against the views and policies of Trump. In Washington alone more than 3 times the number of people attended the #WomensMarch than attended the presidential proceedings a day earlier – an interesting outcome given the supposed democratic election processes.
The marches were initiated at a grassroots level shortly after the presidential outcome was announced and were designed to protest against the following views of the new government:
To read more about why #womensmarch drove more interest in the US than any other protest since the anti-Vietnam War movements check out #whyImarch
It is incredible to see the power of social media and the web in action, and as someone who regularly uses social media to arrange events and workshops there was a lot to be learnt from the #womensmarch organisers, but that is for another blog.
Having watched the Trump campaign from a distance (being on the other side of the world) I have gone through my own private cycle of:
While events like #womensmarch enable women to have their voices heard, and are thus an important part of our society, I feel it is our behaviour as women each and every day in all aspects of our life which will put a stop to abusive, degrading or bullying behaviour.
There are so many reasons to march for women’s rights and freedoms:
These are issues that are not based on short-lived clickbait chauvinistic remarks, but rather are pervasive and enduring problems of our time. Issues about which seemingly little is being said or done given their global and horrific nature. They show that women’s rights, however far they might have come, are nowhere near where they need to be.
How do we build a society which not just defends our rights for equality, inclusiveness and independence (which really should be a given) but actually embraces the natural qualities of of women – the tenderness, fragility and femininity of a woman who lives from her essence. It is not enough just to eliminate slurs of bigotry and prejudice, we need to replace them with a deep respect for women, by both men and women, for the sanctity and sacredness of a women in livingness.
Each woman is equally responsible for holding our society accountable, and it is in each movement we make that we communicate the standards we choose to accept.