There was an atmospheric somberness in the air in Washington, DC yesterday.

It was the day after Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States of America - a thing that many still found hard to believe. The overcast of the day loomed over the city but there was a silver lining in those clouds, and many were coming to behold it.

January 21, 2017 was the long-awaited Women's March on Washington, a day that resembled a Bacchic festival of sorts where people were intoxicated by their audacity to demand equality and their inherent need to love and encourage. The demonstration had a complexing history that started out from being a small Facebook event created to gather a modest amount of women in DC to having the help of seasoned organisers - as well as award-winning actors and musicians - develop the movement into something much grander.

The Women's March had a total of 637 sister marches which took place throughout the United States as well as 70 other countries. The unapologetic message of the event was inclusion. It was built on the practice of intersectional feminism and attracted protesters aligning their concerns with everything from women's rights to social justice; from government corruption to climate change. The message of inclusion brought people from all walks of life together and made a statement by becoming the largest Inaugural protest in history.

The resistance presented had a feel of palatable aggravating familiarity because of the constant need to fight and assure people of the rights of the marginalised. The fact that we have entered a new year and are a few years shy of a new decade should mean that basic fundamental rights should be given to all and not still be in question. We should not have people representing us who do not allow women to speak their minds or disregard ridicule and vilify the helpless.

Marginalised people have experienced an unrequited love for this country and patriarchal societies like it, but from this point and forever more there is a demand for love, acknowledgement, and most importantly the right to be ourselves.

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