By Anna Colville
Today, the 21st January 2017, saw people across the world take to the streets in defiance of President of the United States, Donald Trump’s, inauguration. The marches’ main aims concerned a number of burning issues including: human rights, environmental issues, as well as those concerned with Trump’s position on women’s rights.
Around the world, it is thought that over 2 million people will take part in such marches, with Washington DC being the most notably attended. The march starting from the ‘Jardin Anglais’ followed by a short walk across the ‘Pont du Mont-Blanc’ ending some 500m further up the ‘Route du Lac’.
Though a cold day, the march saw Geneva swamped with over 2000 people showing their support, many of whom turned up with posters and pink hats. Across the globe the pink hat phenomenon has taken hold in response to the president’s past comments regarding the position of women in society.
The mass show of support was a response to the ‘Women’s March Global’ initiative who stress that the march was not a demonstration against the newly appointed head of state, but rather a demonstration in protest against racism, sexism and key environmental policies. Yet, the march through Geneva did see signs of unease towards the new President. Posters read, “Girls just want to have FUNdamental rights”, “Women’s rights are human rights”, “Build bridges not walls”, and “Honte à la Tromperie’.
Those attending were from all walks of life: young, old, women, men, children and even dogs. The large attendance, combined with the hundreds of other marches held across the world will hopefully raise the population’s awareness on many of the issues protested today.
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