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KU societies invite all to attend ‘Women’s March on London’ this Saturday

By Tessa Neal Jan 20, 2017
KU Amnesty International members presenting sign for Women's March on London.KU's Amnesty International Society Members Albana Istrefi, Yasemin Gava and Clarissa Kim preparing for The Women's March on London. Photo credit: Albana Istrefi.

KU’s Feminist and Amnesty International societies will march in solidarity with an estimated 26,000 participants to promote “fundamental values” on Saturday, January 21 2017.

The march welcomes all genders and promotes the values of human rights, equality, dignity, safety and health that have been recently regarded as “under attack” by Women’s March on London (WML)  .

Ine Julia Rojahn Schwebs, social media officer for KU’s Feminist Society, said: “I think the the feeling of uniting with people is powerful in itself. It’s about seeing that people care about the same things that you do.

“We can’t be silenced by Donald Trump. That’s what people are afraid of and that’s why I’m going.”

Although the protest will be held on Donald Trump’s first day as president, WML states that the protest is not just against him: however, protesters regard his election as a catalyst for action.

“It is hard to say whether this will result in immediate change. But I think it is more about mobilizing people to work as a voice,” said Miss Schwebs.

The march route: Grosvenor Square, Park Lane, Piccadilly, Pall Mall and finishes at Trafalgar Square.
The march route: Grosvenor Square, Park Lane, Piccadilly, Pall Mall and finishes at Trafalgar Square.

Gine Rønne Bolling, head of KU’s Amnesty International society, said: “We fight human rights violations, which we believe Donald Trump is representing. Direct action is the best way to make ourselves visible. We can make change happen if we come together.

“I would encourage all students to join us, even if you are not members and don’t want to represent us. We must unite.”

Protesters will assemble at 12. 00pm in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair. They will march for approximately two miles via Park Lane, Piccadilly, Pall Mall and finish at Trafalgar Square at 3.30 pm.

The Women’s March is a global movement and will take place in cities around the world, the most notable of which is Women’s March on Washington  which predicts at least 200,000 activists will attend.

The societies invite all students to join them in London on Saturday:

KU’s Feminist Society will meet at 11 am at Surbiton Railway Station.

KU’s Amnesty International Society will meet at 11 am at Kingston Railway Station.

For more information go to the Women’s March  page.

By Tessa Neal

Tessa is a News Editor for The River and is currently studying a bachelors degree in Journalism with Human Rights at Kingston University. She has previously worked for the Newsquest Media Group, Pollstation opinion sharing network and with the social impact charity Be Enriched.

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