Last Saturday, one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, millions of women around the world marched in favor of women’s rights.
The hundreds of thousands of women, and men, who participated in the Washington Women’s March were also protesting Mr. Trump’s inauguration, his policies, and his past statements about women, and a host of other issues as well.
Naturally, the largest of these protests was in Washington D.C. In addition to the American capital, however, US cities throughout the country saw marches take place, with crowds ranging from a few people to hundreds of thousands in more than 600 locations. According to Time Magazine, “the low estimate for turnout on Jan. 21 was 3.2 million…leaving aside the demonstrations on every other continent, including, thanks to an expedition tour, Antarctica.”
Nor was the Women’s March an exclusively American phenomenon; similar events took place on Saturday in over 30 countries throughout the world, from London to Florence, from Ghana to Berlin. And, in fact, Saturday saw a Women’s March take place in Budapest as well.
The march in the Hungarian capital began at Szabadság (Freedom Square); protesters then walked to the nearby Chain Bridge, where they created a human chain going across the bridge.
We spoke to one March attendee, P. (she asked that her full name not be used), about her experience at the protest.
When asked about the makeup of those in attendance, P. said that “there were Hungarian people, American expats, and people from other countries. There was such a beautiful sense of community, and we made a lot of new friends! There was even a little girl passing out candy.”
When asked about her reasons for attending such an event, P. responded that
“As a person who is studying to get a degree in human rights, I felt compelled to attend the march to stand for what I believe in. I do not like how our world is currently moving in a direction that I do not support, and I wanted to show my solidarity with all communities and raise awareness about the aide that these communities need. I marched to raise awareness and show the importance of intersectional feminism, female reproductive rights, supporting and respecting the LGBTQ community, civil rights, immigrant rights, disability rights, and even the importance of the environment and climate change.’
She added that she wished to participate in Budapest both because she was unable to be in America for the Washington Women’s March, and “because these issues also need to be addressed all over the world, not just in America.”
Describing her overall experience of the event, she said “It was amazing how many people marched all across the globe, and it was empowering to see and be a part of.”
Reporting by Tom Szigeti
Additional information via Time Magazine and the New York Times
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