No one protests like Paris. Yet, there was something special about walking in the chanting crowd of people - women, men, Parisians and foreigners alike - that gathered by the Eiffel tower to show solidarity and strength the day after Trump's inauguration as president. Instead of songs of frustration and fear, there was hope. A feeling that somehow, if we stand together, we can protect the values men and women before us fought so hard to obtain. Not with anger, but with an adamant faith that we can do better, be better. That's the feeling that should be nurtured when we move forward.
Ingri Bergo - Norway - in Paris
Stockholm - photo by James Petermeier
Photo: Marcus Tan de Bibiana
"Today, women and men alike, young children and elderly, native Dutch people but also many people with immigrant backgrounds as well as expats have all come together at the Museum Square in Amsterdam to protest Trump’s presidency and his views on reproductive rights, queer rights, immigration - the list goes on and on. Although the reason we are here is deeply troubling, it lightens my heart to know we stand together with protestors all around the world.
Simone van Dijk - Netherlands - in Amsterdam
Around me people are chanting ‘Equal rights are human rights!’ and people are holding signs saying ‘Viva la Vulva!’, ’The future is female!’ and ‘I am only eight years old but say smarter things than Trump’. Some women are holding more traditional Dutch feminists slogans like ‘Boss in our belly’ - a slogan so famously used in Dutch feminists protests in the late sixties. Who would have ever imagined that slogan to still be so relevant today, fifty years later? It makes me deeply, deeply sad."
"I was quite impressed by the march - there was a wide variety of people there. From children to the elderly and everyone in between, all the different layers in society were represented. Being a typical Swedish march, there were basically no incidents. The police escorted us all the way to the US embassy, and the atmosphere was positive.
Vera Houwaart - Netherlands - in Stockholm
For me, one of the most important reasons to join this march was that I feel like Trump is definitely crossing a line (or actually, more than one). I’m not one who would be described as overly politically correct, but joining the Women’s march almost felt like a duty more than an option. Moreover, as an individual it always feels like you can’t do anything to oppose “big things” such as the US presidency. The fact that this was organized all over the world made it a credible resistance and I felt like joining was the least I could do."
Text: Vera Houwaart | Photo: Marcus Tan de Bibiana
Photo: Marcus Tan de Bibiana
Women's March on London - by Linde de Nie
"I'm only 8 but I say more smart stuff than Trump" - Amsterdam by Simone van Dijk