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Protestors at the International Women's March, London 2017. Photo: Jim Aindow

Protestors at the International Women's March, London 2017. Photo: Jim Aindow

Protests took place across the world, celebrating and defending women, as well as opposing misogynist Trump. Sophie De Val reports from London

The women’s march today was a triumph in London, an overwhelming show of solidarity and signals to a near future with political participation in which our sisters are leading our discussions.

I asked mostly women under 25 what they thought the significance of the demonstration was and why they're here. 

Why are we here?

“The leader of the free world is making us less free”. 

“People come into power who don’t deserve to be there…everyone’s so exhausted”

“To show solidarity”

“People are frustrated that after campaigning for women’s rights for so long, we have a [president] who is so blatantly disrespectful towards anyone who isn’t a white cis-man”

“For people this is much deeper than a ‘policy issue’”

What are we going to do next? Tomorrow, the next day and after that

“I’m American and I know that the Senate is up for election soon, I’ve just turned 18 so now I’m eligible to vote. I’m excited to use that power, It’s not just about marching”

“Keep it up”

“Revolution”

“Get organised”

On the march there was lots of discussion about love and unity. After Brexit in the UK, these sentiments are particularly important to connect the dots between grassroots movements and for us to lay aside differences which stop us from working together.

Although, the demonstration should also be a painful reminder that in even in what feels like ‘everyday’ life people are oppressed in categories of power – these can stop people from organising and protesting. The ruling classes are using our identity against us and this didn’t start and won't stop with Trump.

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