13 January 2017
This Saturday, on the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency, ActionAid UK will be standing in solidarity with our colleagues and friends in the USA by joining the Women’s March on London. Along with grassroots-organised sister marches in Washington D.C. and around the world, we’ll be marching to protect tolerance, inclusion and women’s rights – values that we feel are under threat now more than ever. Read on to find out how to join us.
With echoes of the debate here in the UK surrounding the EU referendum, the United States presidential election has shown that the country is bitterly divided. The battle for the White House has exposed a dangerous rhetoric of fear and intolerance, leaving many groups of people afraid of what the future holds. We will march, in London, Washington D.C., Sydney, Nairobi and hundreds of other cities, to speak out against this growing climate of fear and intolerance.
Women’s rights under threat?
Women’s rights have often been in the spotlight in this divisive presidential election. Statements made by President-Elect Trump have demonised and insulted women of all backgrounds, and many now fear what will happen as his administration takes office. As we did after the EU referendum, our colleagues in the United States now face the challenge of moving forward and working for a more just and equal world in the face of uncertainty.
We know from our work on the ground building coalitions across borders that we are stronger when we come together, not when we alienate and attack different groups of people. That’s why we must stand together to stop the slide towards racist and misogynistic rhetoric, and instead challenge the real causes of injustice. If we don’t speak out against the hate and fear being stirred up, we will end up condoning and normalising it.
Why ActionAid is marching for women’s rights
ActionAid’s work is founded on the principles of equality, solidarity, dignity and tolerance. We take sides with those living in poverty and exclusion, and we will always stand up for the rights of women and girls, wherever they are. As I wrote in the aftermath of the EU referendum, we cannot be silent when we see these values under threat.
We will stand together in solidarity with our colleagues and friends to defend ActionAid’s shared values of respect and equality, and to speak up for the most vulnerable people around the world and in the United States. We will stand shoulder to shoulder to call for bridges, not walls, between nations.
How to join us
Get in touch to join us on Saturday, 21 January at the Women’s March on London, to spread the message that we stand firm for women’s rights, for equality, for dignity and the inclusion of all people. And let’s continue to build bridges of solidarity between people living in poverty and facing injustice across the globe and those of us who are dedicated to a more just and sustainable world.
If you can make it to central London, we would love you to march with us. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to say you’re coming, and we’ll email you back with all the details and make sure we save a placard for you! You can see more about the march on the official Women’s March website, and if you are in Scotland or Northern Ireland or can’t get to London, you can also march in Edinburgh or Belfast or join any of the other sister marches around the UK.
Monday 23rd January: The march might be over, but the fight for women’s rights is not. Sign up for ActionAid campaigner emails to stand up for the rights of women and girls everywhere.