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2019 Women's Marches to Push Forward 'More Proactive' Agenda

  • A woman displaying a Gone 2020 slogan at a Women's March.

    A woman displaying a Gone 2020 slogan at a Women's March. | Photo: Reuters

Published 19 January 2019

Women across the United States will march to build political pressure against President  Donald Trump.

The third edition of the Women's March in New York City will be accompanied by other U.S. cities in a new Saturday mobilization for women's rights and against President Donald Trump's Administration ahead of the 2020 elections.

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The Women's March began as a way to bring together several generations of activists working for the enforcement of human rights. Millions of people took part in marches across several U.S. and global cities on Jan. 21, 2017, one day after the Republican President Donald Trump was sworn in.

Since then, the movement has evolved and expanded the range and scope of its objectives. Vanessa Wruble, a co-founder of the original march, said the movement has grown from being just a reaction to Trump's presidency as “now you see [it] being far more proactive."

The movement's leaders on Friday released the "Women's Agenda," a 10-part policy platform in which the increase of the federal minimum wage, the validity of reproductive rights and the rejection of gender violence will be this year's priorities for collective action.

The 2019 staging of the march also supports the Equal Rights Amendment, the Medicare-For-All bill, among other progressive initiatives.

Currently, there are more than 175 groups involved with Saturday's Women's March collective mobilization. Among them are American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Organization for Women (NOW), MoveOn and the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN).

In this year, the Women's March Alliance hopes that the massive participation of citizens will also be a way to celebrate the results of the midterm elections last November, when a record number of female candidates were elected to public office.

Thanks to mirrored synthesize challenges across the world, the Women's March prompted replicas in cities such as Madrid (Spain), Johannesburg (South Africa), Moscow (Russia), Serang (Indonesia), Frankfurt (Germany) and Tunis (Tunisia).

In London, according to InfoLibre, women will march through the streets against austerity policies armed with the slogan "Women Demand Bread & Roses", which commemorates the '1912 Bread & Roses' protests that revolutionized women's labor rights.

The British organizers consider that austerity is responsible for the increase in economic oppression, violence against women, wage differences between genders, racist behaviors and sexual harassment.

In Paris - a city that will be, yet again, taken over by the Yellow Vests Movement Saturday - the Women's March will be held Sunday, with calls for demonstrators to wear dark clothing to symbolize mourning for all women, intergender and transgender peoples who have been murdered, mistreated, raped and discriminated against.

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