Millions of women, men, children and pets around the world took to the streets over the weekend to voice their opposition to the hateful rhetoric of President Donald Trump and to stand up for gender equality.
Over 600 rallies in 60 countries took place to coincide with Trump’s first day in office. In Washington DC alone, an estimated 500,000 people attended The Women’s March on Washington, which Amnesty International co-sponsored.
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“We’re proud to stand with people from all across the country to declare that women’s rights are human rights and to demand that the new administration and Congress protect everyone’s human rights,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA.
Our own National Director Claire Mallinson braved the chilly conditions to join the march in London and in Australia and New Zealand, thousands marched through the capital cities, including an estimated 3,000 who marched through Hyde Park in Sydney.
Sydney Women’s March organiser Mindy Freiband told ABC: “We are marching today in solidarity with woman all over the world against sexism, bigotry and racism.”
While the A-listers gave the Trump Inauguration a wide berth, their numbers were strong in support of the cause. In New York, actresses Helen Mirren, Cynthia Nixon and Whoopi Goldberg joined the crowd of protesters, while in Washington, America Ferrera, Scarlett Johansson and Madonna (rather controversially) spoke out for women’s rights.
Hannah Harborow, Campaigns Manager at Amnesty International Australia said: “Once again, we’ve shown the world we’re a force to be reckoned with – that we’re strong, independent and equal. And no one, especially President Trump, can stand in our way.
“We will keep demanding an end to violence, abuse, exploitation and control until the day comes we are not only seen, but live, as equals.”
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