#News/Society: WOMENS’S MARCH PORTUGAL, PORTO 🌈❤️🌍 || A few months ago, the World stopped, to watch the USA presidential election, where Donald Trump became President.
For some, it was a breath of fresh air. A reality tv host, that didn’t fit the political standard of most candidates, that said he was going to bring back jobs, built a wall, an “grab women by the pussy”.
For most, the campaign of this candidate, was an unbelievable nightmare, where liberal democracy was set aside, and populism, a demagogue speech, sexism, racism, xenophobia and homophobia, were accepted and in a lot of cases celebrated.
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Personally, I was in shock. I cried for two days and all the sudden the little problems in my life became smaller, and I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to fight back, but how do you fight, against the President of the United States of America? How do you create an impact so great that can shake this political “show” to the core?
Well, quickly my question had an answer. You see, a lot of people felt like this, and some started to organise.
Initially, and even before Trump won, Karen Cahn, launched on November the 2nd a crowdfunding platform for women entrepreneurs, called iFundWomen. Her objective was to be a force of financial independence for women, since she thought Hillary would win. But sometimes, things can take a big turn.
Karen, and a small team, understood that this President, would ignore all minorities, and probably, set back the progress of the Obama Administration, for years and years.
So the movement for the Women’s March began. Not just in the US, but all over the world, since we all know in European countries and other continents, what happens in the USA, impacts the whole world.
Women, LGBTQIA+, Man, Immigrants, Religious Minorities, BLM, and so many others, got together all over the World on the 21st January, one day after the Presidential Inauguration, and went to the streets to make one of the biggest protests the World as ever seen. 673 “sister” Marches to be exact.
In Portugal, in cities like Porto, Lisbon, Braga, Coimbra and Faro, the movement hit strong and hard, and “nasty women” and their allies, roar like never before. It was a beautiful sight.
In Square of Poveiros, in Porto, the protest started, slow and soft. It was incredible to see the progress from, a shy crowd to a group of people screaming their lungs out, against injustices of all types. There was smiles, yes, but also a deep sense of commitment and responsibility was felt in each heart, in each person.
The #naosejastrump (#dontbetrump), was in signs, posters, stickers, in the voices of those that know that hard times are ahead, and need to be united.
From Square Poveiros, to Santa Catarina, to finally Square D. Joao I, the peaceful protest made the passersby stop, and think what was going on. And it had the desired effect.
We won this battle, but the war is far from over. This March was a success, it sparked the fire of protection of social rights, that was forgotten by many. But tomorrow is another day! We need to organise, to get together, plan and act, for the next 4 years. Because indeed, “we can”!
And I leave you with this message, a chant from the Women’s March in Porto: “Our fight is everyday! We are Women! We are not Merchandise!”
“A nossa luta é todos os dias! Somos Mulheres! E não Mercadoria!”