Many of you will have been on Women’s Marches around the world this weekend and I’m sure like us, you will had an amazingly uplifting and positive experience. The sun shone as we stood in Grovesnor Square among the banners and chanting, waiting to make our way through central London, to show our solidarity with those in the US and to stand up for the human rights we feel are being slowly eroded in the face of the increasing shift to the right around the world.
Across the world women (and men) marched in their millions – all races, ages and classes united in their knowledge that this can’t be allowed to happen and that we have to stand up for the rights our our mothers and grandmothers fought so hard for.
As the mother of a twenty year old who has been reluctant to call herself a feminist – not because she isn’t one, but because she hasn’t felt the need for a label – I was proud to march alongside her and see her take it all in. Growing up is all about seeing the bigger picture and understanding your place in the world and being part of something so powerful can help put things into perspective. Our core values and human rights are being questioned and the generation who haven’t felt the need to stand up and fight are being galvanised into action – and surely this can only be a good thing.
Our Whats App group was on fire all day Sunday as we discussed what it all means and how we can keep up the momentum. Sadly things will get much much worse before they get better and this feels like the beginning. The fact that none of the Sunday papers (apart from a small picture on the Times) featured the marches on their front pages, proves that we are not being taken seriously and the only way this will stop is by taking action every time we feel it’s needed – globally and locally.
Joining an organisation such as The Womens Equality party or The United States of Women, is a good start and as someone in our group suggested, we could write to Teresa May ahead of her meeting with Trump this week – as she really does have the power to do something. Her email is [email protected].
Here are a few of our favourite banners from London – and see you at the next one.