A second Women’s March, following on from last month‘s that was sparked in reposnse to Donald Trump’s new bill on abortion, is being planned for the 8th March, International Women’s Day.
The same organisers, that prompted three million people all over the world to walk the streets in support of women’s rights, are naming this march, ‘A Day Without Women’.
The idea behind it, is to highlight how much women do for communities, and to continue to gather support for that.
Eight feminist scholars, including political activist Angela Davis, have spoken out about the planned march. They have said that the strike intends to support all women, including women “whose conditions of life can be improved only through policies that defend social reproduction, secure reproductive justice and guarantee labour rights.”
And women are being encourged to be creative about the ways in which they support the up-coming march, with the Women’s March organisation urging them to “start brainstorming ideas for how you can enhance your community and stand up to this administration.”
The ‘General Strike’ has been announced for citizens of the US, as the initial Women’s March was. And while 30 feminist organisations are set to take part, it is as yet unclear how groups from other countries, and how organisations in the UK, will contribute to the protest.
International Women’s Day, which was first conceived in 1909, is an annual celebration of women and their political, economic and social achievements, around the world.
The first Women’s March, which took place on the 21st January, was organised in support of women’s rights following the inauguration of Donald Trump, and some of his subsequent policies that many believed quashed the rights of women around the world.
600 marches took place in over 75 countries over the course of the day, and the worldwide protest received the support of many notable celebrities and political figures, such as Natalie Portman, Hillary Clinton, and Jane Fonda, who took to walking in the streets of New York.
At the time, Donald Trump appeared somewhat conflicted in his view of the protests, first stating how he thought that the marchers must not have voted if they were unhappy with him as President, but then that he respected their right to peacefully protest – even if he didn’t quite agree with them.