21st January marked the one year anniversary of the Women’s March, when millions marched all around the world for equality in human rights and justice last year. Then yesterday thousands of women (and many men) gathered across Downing Street despite the freezing cold and rain “in honour of the campaign launched in January by women in Hollywood to counter sexual harassment in the entertainment business and workplaces following the Weinstein scandal and #MeToo movement.” (The Guardian)
This time I was there (last year only in spirit due to a leg injury) and raised my voice, too. I like to think of it as for something rather than against, just to create the right mindset for myself.
As a national minority, a Hungarian in Slovakia, I have experienced many forms of discrimination and oppression before. As a woman, I have been taken advantage of, sexually assaulted, patronized and told that “hopefully I will not get pregnant for at least the next two years, otherwise I am just useless for the business”.
But, despite all this I still feel that I am privileged, too, for I can still raise my voice, initiate and execute changes, when there are so many of us, who cannot. Therefore, for a while now and also yesterday, I raised my voice FOR all of us (women and men) to have equal rights, to be able to make our own decisions for ourselfs, for our bodies, to highlight injustice and to say “time’s up”.
And “time’s up” we said, all right! The closer I got to Richmond Terrace, the stronger the crowd’s voice got, firing my heart up and making me emotional that I am part of this change, this amazing vibe and spirit. Women, men, kids (and some dogs) stood together for a common cause, while listening to great speeches from activists like Emmeline Pankhurst and Stella Creasy. What, by many skeptics was anticipated to be just an ephemeral flame last year , have now proved to be a movement, a real union of human beings of all ages and backgrounds, a wonderful collaboration across the globe that will change the rules and the world for the better.