Saturday 21st January saw the world unite as they protested Donald Trump’s inauguration. The UK, along with the rest of the world, saw thousands of people across the country getting involved to express their rights and show support to America’s Anti-Trump campaign. Cardiff, the capital of Wales, were no different. Within 24 hours of Trump being sworn into Presidency, Cardiff was one of the many countries to march through their city centre in protest. The march was hosted by Welsh organisers Cardiff Sisters of Solidarity’s Gwenno Dafydd and Claudia Boes.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the event due to illness, but some amazing members of the Cardiff Feminist Network were more than willing to share their experience of the powerful event. Feminist, Sam, shared with me the experience from a participant’s point of view.
I marched against Trump because his rhetoric makes me feel unsafe. It’s not just his misogyny. He has admitted sexual assault people still voted for him. He has encouraged hatred of muslims and people of colour, my partner is muslim and a p.o.c. He has said that vaccines cause autism – as if autism is something to be feared. My child is autistic and it’s frustrating to hear these old myths resurface after being disproven many times. I also marched in solidarity with anyone else who has now been made more vulnerable.
I had taken a break from activism because I had really felt that there was no point. I have seen my country turn from a place that I felt it was OK to be different – to a place that’s increasingly racist, insular ignorant and nasty, with no sign of things improving. With Trump in the Whitehouse and the influence that the US has over the rest of the world I didn’t see it getting better any soon, I wondered what the point was in fighting.
I arrived at the Nye Bevan statue at 1 pm and I was amazed at the number of people who gathered there. I have been to many protests in Cardiff and I have never seen such a huge turn out.
I carried the names of three friends in my pocket, who couldn’t attend any of the marches but were there in spirit.
I was so pleased to see an inclusive line up of speakers. I became a feminist at 37 and I only heard of intersectionality about a year ago, but I do think that it’s important that feminism be inclusive.
The event The event saw choir grop Côr Chochinon sing as well as speeches from the likes of Hanan Issa, Gwenno Dafydd and Marrianne Owens. Following the speeches, the crowd marched from Aneurin Bevan statue through Queen Street together in a wonderful display of solidarity.
To see so many people turn up to march, and to know that there are many more across the UK and the world doing the same things has given me the strength to take up activism again. It also makes me feel safer to know that they have my back and I have theirs.
A massive thank you to Sam for her words and to Aimee Herd for her images. I am so proud of everyone who marched and protested as this is something I strongly believe in. I may not have been able to attend the event, but my support was and still will be continuous.
Did you attend a Women’s March on Saturday? What were your experiences?