Women Publishing Wales Commemorates the Worldwide Sister Marches of January 2017

On 21st January 2017, a mighty wave of solidarity swept across the globe as women from diverse backgrounds, cultures and communities joined hands in the worldwide sister marches attracting 2.6 million people. A historic moment, these marches stood as a collective assertion of human rights, a resounding response to misogyny and a vibrant celebration of women's empowerment. 

In Cardiff, the Sister March was a remarkable demonstration of unity, community and inclusivity drawing together an estimated 2,000 men, women, and children from diverse backgrounds. This inclusive event saw the collaboration of various women's groups and voices across Wales, including prominent organisations such as WEN Wales, Abortion Rights UK, Pride Cymru, Welsh Women's Aid, Hope Not Hate, BAWSO The Cardiff People's Assembly and Côr Cochion. as well as prominent members of the Welsh language, feminist, left-wing, Muslim and LGBTQIA+ communities, these grass-roots groups came together under the banner of the Cardiff Sisters of Solidarity, showcasing a powerful commitment to intersectionality. 

Unity Across Borders

From bustling cities to remote villages, the resonance of the sister marches echoed globally. Women, along with their allies, took to the streets in a display of unity that transcended geographical boundaries. The marches were a testament to the shared understanding that the fight for gender equality is a universal cause. In the face of rising misogyny, sexism and inequality, the sister marches provided a platform for women to voice their concerns and demand respect and equality. It was a call to action, a refusal to be silenced and a collective stand against discrimination. The sea of impassioned individuals carried signs and chanted slogans, turning  into avenues of emancipation.  

Amplifying Voices & Celebrating Diversity

These marches weren't just a one-day event; they symbolised the amplification of women's voices globally. Social media played a crucial role in connecting the marches, allowing stories and images to be shared instantaneously. The hashtag #SisterMarch trended worldwide, creating a digital space where the voices of millions were heard and acknowledged. What made the sister marches particularly poignant was the celebration of diversity. People from all walks of life, representing various ages, genders, ethnicities, religions, cultures, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds, stood together. This inclusivity became a hallmark of the movement, highlighting that the fight for women's rights is interconnected.

A Lasting Legacy 

As we stand on the cusp of the eighth anniversary since the sister marches of January 2017, the looming prospect of Trump's potential re-election has thrust women's rights back into the spotlight. By reflecting on those historic marches, we pay homage to the resilience and unwavering determination of women who remind us that the fight for equality transcends borders and endures across time. The echoes of our voices, once again amplified by the imminent threat of socio-economic and political challenges, persist as a timeless inspiration for current and future generations to rise, speak out and continue the march towards a brighter and more equitable tomorrow.

As we remember the global sister marches of January 2017, we acknowledge their lasting legacy as the spirit of unity continues to contribute to movements worldwide. The marches were not just a moment in history; they marked the beginning of an ongoing journey towards a more equitable and inclusive world for all. 

In the face of years of austerity, divisive rhetoric, popularised politics as well well as ongoing financial constraints, women in Wales have always advocated for change and championed the strength found in solidarity.   


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