While Donald Trump is preparing for his inauguration Friday, a global event begins Saturday morning to protest 45th American president.
Samantha Monckton, one of the organizers of Vancouver’s ‘Women’s March on Washington’, describes the movement as 24-hour cycle across the globe, with more than 600 events planned.
She says Trump’s actions in the last year during the election were the catalyst for the march, leading to many concerns for women’s rights.
“Pro-Choice, women’s right to choose, that’s a pretty big issue right now. A lot of things that are on the table that shouldn’t be, that should already been dealt with, or enshrined in law, but now we’re seeing that those kind of things can be teared up.”
“Who knows what he’ll go after? He’s very much not pro-choice, and those kind of things… like attacking planned parenthood, those kind of things, we can not do that, we can not go back and rip up human rights.”
She says the march is about equality, diversity and inclusion.
Between 4000 and 5000 people are expected to attend Vancouver’s march, scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at Jack Poole Plaza, head to Trump Tower, and return.