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Diverse voices from the women’s march on London

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Women’s march on London, Grosvenor Square. Image: Clare Lynch

It’s being reported that 100,000 people took part in the women’s march on London on 21st January.

On the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency the march aimed to unite different voices in a demonstration against the politics of division and hate.

Groups such as Southall Black Sisters, Trans London and the Royal College of midwives attended the march.

The demonstration began in Grosvenor Square, in front of the American embassy and then marchers made their way to a rally in Trafalgar Square.

Speakers at the rally included Green Party Assembly member Caroline Russell, comedian Sara Pascoe and MP Yvette Cooper.

Despite the sincere nature of the march, spirits were high.

Marchers chanted, sang and brandished signs with phrases such as ‘Grab my pussy, feel my claws’ and ‘Proud to be a nasty woman’.

Sister marches took place in 161 cities around the world with an estimated 4.8 million people in attendance.

Those demonstrating hope that they will send a strong message that misogyny and prejudice will not be tolerated.

Clare Lynch and Caroline Ferguson of London Multimedianews.com caught up with leaders of the march at the rally in Trafalgar Square.

Caroline Russell, Green Party Greater London Assembly representative, spoke to LMMN following her speech to the assembled crowd.

Ms Russell called for an end to divisive politics and encouraged more women to join the political ranks.

LMMN also spoke to Professor Lesley Page, president of the Royal College of Midwives,(pictured below).

Ms Page expressed concerns about women’s reproductive rights both in the USA and around the world.

Pragna Patel, director of Southall Black Sisters, called for people to come together to mark every wrongdoing that President Trump and people like him commit.

Jordan Bell, from Trans London spoke to LMMN about her reasons for attending the march, pictured below marching at Pride 2016.

If you would like to find out more about how the women’s march is continuing to combat injustice, make sure to visit their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Text and multimedia by Clare Lynch and Caroline Ferguson 

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