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Thousands mark anniversary of Women’s March across America

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - A year after millions of women demonstrated in Washington, DC and in cities around the U.S. and the world, a day after Donald Trump was sworn in as president - women again took to the streets on Saturday.  

On Saturday, thousands of women across the U.S. and parts of the world took to the streets to mark the first anniversary of the massive global protest dubbed the Women’s March.

The Women’s March was an enormous show of defiance against Trump’s past disparaging comments about women and policies seen as hostile to women.

Marches created solidarity for those denouncing Trump's views on abortion, immigration, LGBT rights and more.

Activists hoped to create an enduring political movement that will elect more women to government office.

Now, to mark the first anniversary of a movement that was mirrored in size and importance throughout the world, hundreds of gatherings have been planned on Saturday and Sunday across the U.S. on every continent and cities around the world, including Beijing, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Abuja, Nigeria, Zurich, Switzerland and Nairobi, Kenya.

This year, the event has been titled the “Power to the Polls,” which is aimed at launching a national voter registration effort ahead of the November midterm elections.

The main event, according to reports, is being staged in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is a U.S. swing state. 

The agenda of the rally would be to launch an effort to register 1 million voters and target swing states in the midterm elections.

Organizers have pointed out that Nevada is integral since it is also a microcosm of larger national issues such as immigration and gun control especially since Las Vegas became the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern history.

The rally on Sunday is being held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' stadium 10 miles, which is southeast of the famous Strip where a gunman opened fire on a concert, killing 58 people.

Tamika D. Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March has said in a statement, “In 2018, we must turn our work into action ahead of the midterms. This new initiative will address voter registration and voter suppression head on.”

Washington D.C., which witnessed the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history, will now witness a “March on the Polls” on Saturday, to encourage women to take an active roll in politics in 2018. 

So far, over 100,000 people have RSVP'd to the march in New York City for the rights of women, immigrants and others.

Other demonstrations have been scheduled for Saturday in at least 28 other U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Cambridge, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

One of the organizers of Washington march, Linda Sarsour said Las Vegas was slotted for a major rally because it is a strategic swing state that gave Hillary Clinton a narrow win in the presidential election.

In 2018, it is set to have one of the most competitive Senate races.

According to Democrats, they have a good chance of winning the seat held by embattled Republican Sen. Dean Heller.

The Women's March comes a day after anti-abortion rights campaigners demonstrated in Washington, DC to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which guaranteed a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

Trump even became the first sitting president ever to address the anti-abortion gathering, the March for Life rally, in a live video from the Rose Garden.

Claiming he was "honoured and really proud" to address the March for Life event, Trump announced a new proposal to protect the "conscious rights and religious freedoms" of medical professionals and new restrictions on abortion funding.

He said he and his administration were "with you all the way."

Trump declared, “Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”

 

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