fbpx
23/08/2019 Communication Science news and articles

Women’s march: what are we trying to say?

The second Woman’s March took place on March 9th in Amsterdam. Eva brought her camera and shows us how the participants visualized their message about feminism.


On March 9th, 2019, the second Women’s March in Amsterdam took place. We reflect on this event; particularly on how its organisers and its participants shaped their messages to embody their interpretation of feminism.  

Divisiveness in feminism? Not necessarily.
There has been a lot of discourse surrounding feminist movement in the present day. While the first and the second waves of feminism were centered around clear objectives of legal equality, the third wave is yet to be coherently defined. Within the movement, there appear to be numerous, seemingly antagonistic groups with their own agendas, often arguing rather than cooperating. Some of the most controversial topics that come to mind include reproductive rights, sex work, LGBTQ+ rights, men’s role in the movement and so on. Obviously, the scope of the issues currently included under the heading ‘feminism’ is incredibly broad, which can fragment the movement and fuel scepticism. Nevertheless, we can proudly say that this was not the case at the 2019’s Women’s March in Amsterdam. The message was clear and simple: rights for all, equality of all.

Unapologetically feminist, anti-racist and inclusive. That’s what 2019 is about. Get ready; we did not come to play.

New message, who dis?
 The first Women’s March in Amsterdam was organised in 2017, in response to Donald Trump being elected. An estimated 3000 people gathered on Museumplein to protest his bigoted rhetoric and support the US resistance.

The 2019 march was different, however. Leaving the orange blob behind, the focus was on people who are affected by discrimination, rather than on those who cause it. It was a demonstration of the abiding thirst for legal and social equality as well as a celebration of the strength we can draw from our differences. The messages of intersectionality and of being united, not despite, but because of our differences were reflected in all elements of the event.

The march was organised completely by volunteers and the speakers included activists fighting for the rights of sex workers, LGBTQ+ community and so on. For those who could not march on the streets, there was an Online Disability March to ensure that the members of the disabled community assume their rightful place in the movement. Among the 15,000 participants, there was a variety of groups shedding light on a diverse range of issues which made one thing clear; we are all different and so are our struggles. The only way to understand each other and to be able to ably support each other is to listen.

Not to sound naive, there are obviously still miles to go and obstacles to overcome before the intended objectives can become a reality. Nevertheless, this event showed that there is courage to speak up, dedication to take actions and most importantly, hope for unity. Because while there are undoubtedly some bumps and heavy mist in the road ahead, we are more likely to keep going if we ride together.

We all know that one of the best parts of these demonstrations are the poignant, empowering and/or funny signs. Here are some of our favourites, from the 2019 Women’s March in Amsterdam.

 

Cover: Eva Oravcova

Reacties

reacties

Related Posts

World capital of street art & graffiti? – It’s probably Belfast

22/08/2019

22/08/2019

Written by: AJ Kutlu here are two things that you are exposed to the most when you visit Belfast: People...

Hoe propaganda twee partijen steeds verder uit elkaar drijft

18/08/2019

18/08/2019

Fabian dook in de politieke spanningen tussen Ierland en Noord Ierland. Propaganda is daarbij niet te vermijden.

PR-Disaster or opportunity? The influence of #Brexit in Ireland

18/08/2019

18/08/2019

The Brexit will have a big influence on companies in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Kelly explains why a good PR will be more important than ever before.

Protesten aan de Ierse grens: wat betekent de Brexit voor Ierland?

16/08/2019

16/08/2019

Het bekende Goede Vrijdag-akkoord diende een vredige oplossing te bieden voor de strijd tussen Ierland en Noord-Ierland. De huidige ontwikkelingen rondom de Brexit brengen dit echter in gevaar. Quinta beschrijft de situatie, hoe deze is ontstaan en welke rol de Brexit hierin speelt.

Why won’t Ed Sheeran sell me a chair?

12/08/2019

12/08/2019

Marketing agencies are using celebrities very often, but during the company visit at Morrow Communications, Joanna learnt there is a shift going on from celebrities to social media influencers.

Entertainment uit de Oudheid viert hoogtijdagen in het digitale tijdperk

10/08/2019

10/08/2019

Een Ierse tour-guide die met zijn manier van vertellen laat zien dat de klassieke retoriek nog niet verloren is in het digitale tijdperk zoals wij dat kennen. Kevin vertelt over Patrick en zijn tour in Dublin.

Why Northern Ireland plays a key role in Brexit

10/08/2019

10/08/2019

Sjors travelled to Northern Ireland and saw the remains of The Troubles. What role does Northern Ireland play in a possible Brexit?

Ada Varriale – a first-year communication science student

24/06/2019

24/06/2019

Join us as we get to know a little more about first year Communication Science student, Ada.

The downfall of Vero

22/06/2019

22/06/2019

Our brand new writer Jade on the downfall of Vero. Why was it the most promising social media platform? And why was it not able to beat Facebook?

The Day I Broke My Smartphone

21/06/2019

21/06/2019

Could you go a day without your smartphone?

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

20/06/2019

20/06/2019

For this week's review, Karina tells you what she thinks about the popular book (and series) the Handmaid's Tale.

Congrats on being phubbed!

18/06/2019

18/06/2019

Phubbing is something we experience a lot in current society. Medium elaborates the negative consequences and gives you also advices how to stop phubbing.

The Dutch Hunger Games: Room-seeking struggles in the Netherlands

15/06/2019

15/06/2019

One minute on Facebook and the fight is on: “Pick me”. “I’m clean and sociable”. “I can pay extra rent”. “PM sent”. “Check your PM”. “Love me”. “Save me from homelessness”. Welcome to a normal day in the life of a student searching for a room in Amsterdam.

Spreading Digital Literacy With a Donkey

13/06/2019

13/06/2019

In order to increase digital literacy Dayn Amada brings his Community Tablet to rural communities. This device and its education, which can be transported by a donkey, is linked to culture and uses gamifcation to enhance the learning process. Eva explains this alternative way of learning and why it is successful.

Review: De lessen van Clarence Seedorf in College Tour

11/06/2019

11/06/2019

Loïs over het optreden van Clarence Seedorf in College Tour, en over de wijze lessen die we van hem kunnen leren.

EnjoyInstagram