Women’s March – Austin

A record number of over 40,000 people showed up on the streets of Austin, TX to stand united against the new President of the Free World, Donald Trump.

Women of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds stood grounded on their reasons for being there but we spoke to two women in particular. Muslim women, who won’t let the voice of bigotry and racism, silence their voice.

Dana El Kurd a PhD candidate at the Department of Government at the University of Texas made sure to show up and stand against fascism.

“It was important for me to be a part of the movement opposing the fascism that’s overtaken the country. And I was really encouraged when the national coordinators were women of color,” said El Kurd.

As all great movements, they start with a remarkable amount of people joining force and hitting the streets to let all who are watching know that they will mobilize for change, El Kurd hopes it doesn’t stop there.

“I just hope that the motivation people had to come out and protest will actually be turned into sustainable campaigning. But otherwise I think the coordinators made it as inclusive as possible and many of the speakers in DC did not shy away from “scary” topics (like Palestine for example),” said El Kurd.

While there are people who may think that the Women’s March focused primarily on the fight for women’s rights, Omaira Hanif, a registered nurse, said that’s not the only reason people were out there.

“The Women’s march was more than just about demanding rights for women. Throughout the whole march, I saw signs, banners, and people chanting rights for all our communities; the disabled, minorities, immigrants, Black Lives Matter, LGBT, and even our environment and education system. To me, it felt more like a human rights march. My husband attended the march, and so did many other men with their children. I hope we do not leave out our men in the fight for equality; it is of utmost importance for both genders to fight for each other.

With President Trump’s continuous actions of isolation against people of color, and the hasty decision to sign multiple Executive Orders that alienate marginalized people, Hanif hopes that this march will lead to a sense of unity amongst all those whom are disregarded in our society.

“I hope this march will lead us all to talk to one another, especially to those who are different from us. I hope we take time to better understand one another, and to speak out for one another when we see injustices take place in all areas of our everyday lives,” said Hanif.