“Women’s rights are human rights” was the main motto of the 2017 Women’s March. These marches happened all around the world on January 21, 2016, and turned into not only a march to promote women’s rights, but for LGBTQ+ rights, Black Lives Matter, environmental issues, racial discrimination, immigration matters, and worker’s affairs.
According to the New York Times, the Women’s March in Washington had three times more people than Trump’s inauguration. The protests were mainly directed at President Donald Trump against his political views and election. The marchers spoke out against Trump’s misogynistic ideas, his racist views, and his entire campaign which was rooted in discrimination and intolerance.
After the marches, Trump tweeted out:
He followed up that tweet with:
The main message of many slogans were based off of things that Donald Trump has said, such as his misogynistic comments on “grabbing [women] by the p***y”, his plan to build a wall in between America and Mexico, and his many other discriminatory mentalities.
“If you build a wall, my generation will knock it down!”
“This p***y grabs back”
“When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression”
“This is what a feminist looks like”
“A woman’s place is in the house and in the senate”
At the end of the marches in Washington, protesters hung their signs on the fence of the White House – Trump wanted a wall, and he got a wall.
Here in Vancouver, tens of thousands of people marched through downtown in support of the Women’s March. Many marches were held across B.C. but the largest march happened in downtown Vancouver. The Women’s Marches aren’t just all about women’s rights – they are also about protesting for all human rights. But after the Women’s March, what next? As individuals and as a community, we can all stand up and use our voices to support human rights, and fight to become equals.