Women’s March in London: TIME’S UP!

The Women’s March was revamped this year under the motto that Oprah Winfrey and many more female celebrities in the Hollywood film & entertainment industry popularised recently to tackle the issue of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace: TIME’S UP!

On January 21st, 2017, the day after Donald Trump’s 2017 presidential inauguration, women in the United States and across the world marched for gender equality and human rights. A year later, women were still marching during the past weekend, maybe in smaller crowds, but facing the same issues.

In London, hundreds of women and allies gathered in Westminster, opposite to Downing Street, regardless of the cold weather and rain, even snow. The rally aimed to celebrate the anniversary of the original march and to “renew the struggle for equality and justice.”

A wide range of speakers, with a significant representation of women of colour and from different religious beliefs, exposed issues women face around the world: violence, sexual harassment, abuse, austerity, racism, body shaming, pay gap, lack of representation in political institutions and many more. The taboo on menstruation was also exposed, with the organisation Bloody Good Period collecting donations of period supplies that will be delivered to asylum seekers, refugee drop-in centres and food banks in London and the UK.

The lawyer Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, part of the organisation, was the host and speakers included activist Amna Abdul, historian Louise Raw, comedian Sajeela Kershi or politicians Stella Creasy (Labour MP) and Sophie Walker (Women’s Equality party), among others.

The rally had special significance, as well, because 2018 marks that a hundred years passed since suffragists gained the right of women to vote in the United Kingdom, something that will be remembered celebrated on February 6th, 2018 at 6:00pm GMT, the exact time when the rule passed a century ago, using the hashtag #StillMarching.

 

The videos and all the pictures were taken with a Huawei P9 smartphone and the full video was edited together with FilmoraGo (Android). You can watch all other mobile journalism (or ‘mojo’) experiments I did the past months, including the video from Women’s March on London, last year, on this playlist of my YouTube channel.

Author: Oriol Salvador

Journalist with a significant experience creating and managing content for web, social media and online video. Exploring the potential of technology and media to deliver information and entertainment to global audiences.

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