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The Women’s March on the world

On the first day of Donald Trump’s US presidency, hundreds of women-led protests advocating peace and reconciliation took place around the world.

The Women’s March on Washington today started a chain of events, with cities across the globe marching in solidarity, in support of a peaceful world.

An estimated 100,000 people of all genders, races and religions took to the streets of London in a show of unity in the face of discrimination. The demonstration started outside the US Embassy.

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was one of many human rights and peace organisations taking part in the march: "This is a significant date for those who work to bring people together in peace and reconciliation rather than dividing them with the antagonisms of racism, misogyny and hatred.”

Spokesperson Sheila Triggs said: “We hope that the march in London and those in many cities in the UK and worldwide, will show the new US administration, as well as our own governments, that there is a strong voice for human rights, reconciliation and peace in the world which cannot be ignored.”

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, at the Women's March on London
Sheila Triggs from The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, at the Women's March on London

The crowds in Washington swelled today, with reports that more people attended today’s protest than yesterday’s inauguration.

The Un-Idle Collective, a group empowering people to bring activism into their daily lives, also joined the London demonstration.

New Yorker and Co-founder Scarlett Curtis said that the march shows people they are not alone, and that a great number of people are ready to fight for their rights. She described today’s march as the beginning of a generation of activists.

She said: “The dialogue surrounding this election has represented the exact opposite of everything I love about this country and it quite literally breaks my heart to suddenly see the rights of women, people of colour and so many other minority groups stripped away.”

Chants of: “Two, four, six, eight! Choose love over hate!" were heard throughout the London crowd.

One protester said: “Since I have seen and felt a lot of division across the world, I wanted to be part of unity. This is the reason why I wanted to join the march.”

She said: “Seeing Obama's speech, I was reminded that it is each of us who has power to make a positive change. It's about us. While it was a women's march, to me it was a march to show solidarity."

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