Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power – with our participation, and the choices we make. – Barack Obama
After a desperately tragic 2016, we can only hope that 2017 holds bigger and better things for us. Last year was devastating internationally and left many feeling dejected, wounded and worried. Aside from losing some of our most treasured performers and artists, many people lost respect and trust in those who rule our countries.
Whether you voted to stay or leave, Brexit has had a huge impact on us. With rises in hate crime and racism we are undoubtedly feeling disillusioned with British politics. The results from the summer referendum left us reeling; within a matter of days our political system was in turmoil, with the swift departure of David Cameron, our new Prime Minister Theresa May – who most of us knew very little about – was thrust upon us with the promise of “strong leadership” and a “positive vision” for our future.
Across the Atlantic Ocean, American citizens were deliriously confused when it came to their political views, and Donald Trump’s election win on November 8th brought a fresh new wave of bewilderment and disappointment across an already divided nation. Trump, who built up a billion dollar business empire is sadly more famous due to his many bankruptcies, sexual assault allegations and tax avoidances (to name a few). On January 21st he will become one of the most powerful men in the world. This reality has left people of all races, religions and genders across the world feeling truly frightened.
Barack Obama’s honest and touching speech in Chicago on Tuesday only highlighted the important work he and his team have achieved during his time at the White House. With that, he also shone a light on unresolved issues along with other problems that their new leader may propose.
Trump’s sexist attacks against women, racially aggressive views on immigration and disrespect for minorities and the disabled has awoken a deep fear in many. With that, women globally have decided to revolt against him; women have voiced their uncertainties, their distress and their utter disgust for a misogynistic, racist man who has been freely voted to be their commander. Women have spoken, and they have simply said ‘no’. We will not be bullied, we will not fear him – we will strive and continue to work hard, so that people from all walks of the world can feel safe, supported and most of all – equal.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
On Saturday 21st January there will be several Women’s Marches taking place; with the main demonstration taking place in Washington D.C. Supported by the likes of Amnesty International and The Equality Trust this march will be a peaceful reminder, not an aggressive protest, to show that we will stand together no matter what happens. We will face the future together, we are not alone.
Join thousands of other women and men (all genders are openly welcome) in the London Women’s March and show your support for people everywhere. Starting in Mayfair and finishing in Trafalgar Square, the march will show that we are united and proud.
For more information on the Women’s March click here.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy. – Meryl Streep