Women’s March Creates Global Wave of Activism

The Women’s March on Washington is almost here, and the movement just keeps growing. Not only for the hundreds of thousands of people who are going to congregate in Washington D.C., but in towns and cities around the world. Sister marches have been springing up everywhere, from Myanmar and Saudi Arabia to Nigeria and India.

In 58 countries, 151 marches outside of the United States are taking place, not to mention the numerous marches springing up all over within the country. It began in solidarity with the United States, but it has become so much more. It is expanding, becoming about local issues, about women’s rights on a broader scale, about equality in multiple cultures, contexts and countries.

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This Women’s March is about the strength of women, and the people who believe in and love them. It’s about human rights, finding its way through women’s rights. I am currently writing from the Geneva area, where the only Women’s March in Switzerland is taking place this Saturday, January 21.

There are Americans involved, yes, but also people from other countries who want to stand up for each other in the face of increasingly draconian policies in Europe. Divisive politicians are speaking extremist values, and we want to preserve and advance the rights of all. As with other Marches in other cities in other countries, we are shaping what we want to say and stand for. It has overwhelmingly been a message of positivity, of inclusivity.

It’s been an amazing experience, helping to organize a March from nothing. Before it began, I knew none of these women, and yes, even men, who are making this happen. I’ve listened to their concerns, to their passions, to their experiences. Overwhelmingly, it comes down to “What can I do? I don’t just want to sit and complain anymore.” For us, the answer has been this March, which will bring so many people together. In Geneva alone, we expect somewhere around 1,000 people to be there this weekend.

For others, the answer to “what can I do?” might lie in something else. There are so many options.

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Artwork by @natichuleta for Geneva Women’s March

The movement is growing, the unrest at seeing so many fundamental human rights at stake. Whatever the impetus, whatever the country, we are doing something that could not have been done in decades past. We are looking to each other across the globe, working together, and forming a united reaction. People from all these marches are talking to each other, sharing art and discussing ideas and beliefs. Women from all walks of life are coming together to address global and local concerns.

Each March is taking the inspiration from and foundation of the original Women’s March on Washington and expanding it to make their own statements, make their own needs heard.

Together, this is a positive movement sweeping the world.

If you can, get involved — go to a local march, offer last minute assistance to those organizing, make a hat, a button, a goodwill gesture on social media. It is never too late to join together in moving forward. This march is the beginning, not the end, of a movement. More people will join, will funnel their helplessness into taking control, will help make the world a better place.

Hope to see you there.

Photo Credit: womensmarch Instagram

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Jack Y
Jack Y8 months ago

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Jack Y
Jack Y8 months ago

thanks

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John J
John J8 months ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John J8 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Marie W
Marie W1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Lisa M
Lisa M2 years ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M2 years ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M2 years ago

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Lisa M2 years ago

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Elaine W
Elaine W2 years ago

Human beings should have equal rights.

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