2018 Women’s March, The Post, and DAVOS Woman

January 24, 2018

I was surprised how hopeful I felt reading through dozens of accounts in small local newspapers, and global major mass media outlets, about the Women’s March Anniversary events that took place over the Women’s Weekend, January 20 and January 21, 2018. Last year, the grassroots women’s right movement led to the massive protest in Washington, D.C. with over 600 sister events in many countries globally.

With 12 months to organize, the Women’s March Network, working with local chapters, partnered with Action Network, a nonprofit, “progressive online organizing platform”, to extend invitations to hundreds of communities in cities, towns and villages” across the United States.

In the United States, the key event was the Las Vegas rally Power to the Polls on January 21, that attempted to redirect energy away from negative messaging to potential for change through the electoral process. The million new registered voters campaign was launched. There was a surge of encouragement to get women to vote and to run as candidates. Plans are being made to keep up the work to swing states such as Nevada, in the mid-term elections in November 2018 (and eventually in the 2020 elections) with the goal of having an increased number of strong women candidates in office at all levels of government who will support women’s rights.

Women’s March 2.0, as some dubbed it, took many forms in hundreds of many different places around the globe. While the weather was perfect for the tens of thousands of participants in Washington, D. C., there was heavy rain in London and Paris, and a snow storm in Anchorage. Instead of focusing only on large rallies, communities were encouraged to hold a variety of events, as well as marches. In Charlottesville, Virginia, where protesters carrying weapons and body armor shook up a nation in August, some organizers there avoided 2018 Women’s March public rallies for security reasons. Some joined neighbouring events.

This article described how “Thousands of demonstrators marched across India with rallies in 30 cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Ranchi and Thrissur”, in a women’s rights movement that emerged following the mass molestation incident in Bengaluru.

Along with a relatively new article start, 2018 Women’s March, there is a Wikipedia article stub which will eventually list many of the events including approximate numbers in attendance.

Women's March 2018 Photo courtesy of Mobilus In Mobili @ Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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