Two years ago, the world came together to protest the election of Donald Trump on the first day of his presidency. From New Zealand to Zambia, Thailand to Peru, millions of people united in solidarity with our American sisters, with the main march in Washington D.C, becoming one of the largest protest days in US history.
Tomorrow, in keeping with annual tradition, another demonstration has been organised in the capital. This time around, the protest is a little different, with a 'Bread & Roses' rally that looks to target austerity in the UK. If you're planning on taking part, here's everything you need to know:
What's it about?
Organised by Women's March London, this year's 'Bread & Roses' aims to protest the UK government's harsh austerity cuts which have been identified as “the common denominator in the rise of economic oppression, violence against women, gender pay gap, racism, fascism, institutional sexual harassment, hostile environment and Brexit.”
From the gender pay gap to cuts to domestic violence services, reduced welfare payments to the closure of childcare facilities, while women bear the brunt of economic injustice, there is a need to march.
Why is it called the 'Bread & Roses' rally?
The Women's March honours the legacy of the 1912 Bread & Roses rally in the US, which united women textile workers in their fight for fair wages and workers rights.
The phrase 'bread and roses' actually has its roots in women's suffrage, as it was originally used in a speech by American union leader Rose Schneiderman in 1911, who declared that "The worker must have bread, but she must have roses." In other words, women should be entitled to both bread (decent wages) and roses (dignified conditions).
In the early 1900s, her words became a defining phrase of the women's labour movement, and have remained a popular political slogan for feminists ever since. In a post-Weinstein, #MeToo era, the request for fair pay and safe working conditions are more relevant than ever.
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When is the Women's March 2019?
The London Women's March is taking place on Saturday 19 January. Starting at noon, participants will meet outside the BBC headquarters at Portland Place, Marylebone, W1A.
From Portland Place, the march will proceed towards Regent Street, then along Haymarket before finishing up at Trafalgar Square for the rally, where renowned campaigner Helen Pankhurst, Labour MP Dawn Butler and trans activist Munroe Bergdorf will address the crowds.
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Who can attend?
While the march will be women-led, people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexualities and ethnicities are welcome to join - the more the merrier.
In keeping with the legacy of the march, organisers have asked participants to bring flowers to symbolise new beginnings, while you can share your support on the day with the hashtag #WeAreChange.
The #WeAreChange call to action, as defined on the Women's March website, is as follows:
(i) a PLEDGE to protect and serve each other with love, unity and solidarity;
(ii) a PROMISE to exercise our civic duty to vote in every circumstance that will shape a progressive society; and
(iii) a CONVICTION to call out any racism or form of phobia we see online and offline.
Where can I find more information?
You can find all details on the Women's March London on the .
See you there!