BONN The Women’s March on Washington has inspired Sister Marches all over the world with an estimated 1,364,010 marchers expected globally. Bonn will have its own Sister March on Saturday afternoon in Plittersdorf; organisers are hoping for a good turnout.
It began as a grassroots movement in response to Donald Trump’s divisive campaign rhetoric. Now the women’s rights event Women’s March on Washington looks set to have over 200,000 participants in Washington DC on 21 January, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Its mission: to “stand together in solidarity…for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families” and to recognise diverse communities.”
In Germany, marches are planned for Berlin, Munich and Hamburg among other cities, but when she realised no march was organised for either Cologne or Bonn, American Sonja Seitamo felt compelled to act. She stepped in to organise a march in Bonn.
While in the U.S. over Christmas, she realised what a huge event the Washington march had become. “So many people I know are heading to Washington; friends from Denver, San Francisco, all over. My cousin is taking the bus from Minnesota because there are no more flights. I felt I had to do something to stand in solidarity with the marchers in Washington.”
Although interested in politics, Seitamo has never been actively involved. She was galvanised into action by a desire to stand up for and support the rights of all citizens. “I wanted to give people a venue to support something they believe in and to show we are not going to be quiet.”
As well as Americans, she has friends from Hungary and Canada joining and the march is open to all concerned citizens, male or female, young or old, who want to speak up for shared values. Seitamo will be wearing a “pussyhat” - a pink knitted hat with ears – in support of the Pussyhat Project, a response to Donald Trump’s leaked comments about grabbing women’s genitals.
The Bonn Sister March of the Women’s March on Washington DC is on Saturday 21 January at 2.30pm. Those interested should meet in Martin Luther King Straße at the roundabout (for navigation systems use Martin Luther King Straße 20). Come 15 minutes early if you want to make your own poster - there will be supplies on hand. The march is intended to last about an hour and there is no need to register in advance.