Equality, Diversity, Justice
On Saturday, January 21st, thousands of women will march through Paris. On the first day of Trumps administration in the United States, women across the globe will take to the streets advocating for democracy, women’s rights and equality.
This historic march began in 1997 and since then each year, millions of women have gathered in Washington, united and determined to have their voices heard.
On its Facebook page, the group behind the event writes: “This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognising there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.”
Despite the roots of the march being in America, the message has swept the globe, and sisterhood style teams worldwide are galvanising women in an effort to bring us together in every major city in the world.
because defending women’s rights in the United States is defending them in France and the world over.
The dedicated team in Paris had this to say on their Facebook Page.
We are mobilizing as the new president of the United States prepares to apply the violently sexist, lesbophobic, homophobic, xenophobic and racist ideology that he defended during his campaign. His choice for the Supreme Court is William Pryor, a judge who considers abortion to be “the worst abomination” in legal history. His vice president, Mike Pence, openly espouses creationist ideas. His main advisor, Steve Bannon, publishes hateful racist and misogynist messages on his website. He also wants to destroy ObamaCare, the health insurance law.
This reactionary politics at work today in the United States is the concretization of a much wider phenomenon in the world, in Europe, in France:
• In Europe, conservative and reactionary movements constantly challenge the rights of women, in particular abortion (Poland, Spain, etc.)
• In France, there is real danger coming from several presidential candidates who threaten women’s rights.
We will march on January 21 in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, because defending women’s rights in the United States is defending them in France and the world over. We will march against incitement to hatred, discriminatory attitudes, reactionary messages and actions. This march is open to women and men, and every person in the world is welcome.
Start: 2pm, Trocadero – Human Rights Square
March route:Trocadero , Iena Bridge, Wall of Peace
Arrive: 3:30pm, Wall of Peace in front of l’Ecole Militaire
Event conclusion: 4:30pm
All the details can be found on the Women’s March Paris Facebook Page
See you there.