What you need to know about Saturday’s Women’s March on London
Where you need to go and when
by Ruth Squires
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard of this weekend’s ‘Women’s March on London’. More than 29,000 have said they’ll attend the UK’s biggest demonstration in solidarity with women in America and worldwide.
The 21st of January 2017, this Saturday, marks the first day of Trump’s presidency. It’s been a disheartening win for everyone who supported Hillary, or just opposed Trump’s bullying, sexist campaign, but rather than admit defeat women are coming together in the spirit of democracy, not in an anti-Trump march, but rather a celebration of feminism, to lead marches in cities across the world.
People of all genders are being called to take part in the marches as part of an international day of action and solidarity. The largest is expected in Washington DC but the sister marches are spread across the globe in New York, London and even smaller UK cities.
A post on the event describes in detail the times and locations needed to be part of the demo, which is all inclusive and says it’s welcoming to everyone.
•12:00- March assembles in front of US Embassy W1
•12:30- March moves off. Route goes via Park Lane, Piccadilly, Pall Mall to Trafalgar Square. There is a short route point on Pall Mal
•14:00- Rally begins at Trafalgar Square
•15:30- Rally ends
There will be a viewing area beside the stage in front of the embassy for those who would like to use it. An alternative drop-off point away from the crowds by the US Embassy is Culross Street. Two dedicated access stewards will remain here until 12.40.
Transport links (bus) from the US Embassy to Trafalgar Square, to the short route and from various spots along the route to Trafalgar Square are currently being researched and will be published shortly.
All speeches, including those at the US Embassy and Trafalgar Square, will be interpreted into British Sign Language by volunteer registered sign language interpreters (RSLIs). In Trafalgar Square, signers will be filmed so signing is included on the screen. Electric wheelchair recharging is also available at the event at the National Gallery to make sure the march is accessible to all.
The Facebook event lists a phone number activated from 11am on Saturday to help activists find their way – 07572 650733. The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook.
A post on the Facebook event promises: “We will march, wherever we march, for the protection of our fundamental rights and for the safeguarding of freedoms threatened by recent political events. We unite and stand together for the dignity and equality of all peoples, for the safety and health of our planet and for the strength of our vibrant and diverse communities.”
And keep an eye out for #marchingshoes, the hashtag to bring attention to the march on social media.
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