Trump has done what he said he would. So, what’s next?
These days, women and men will gather together in neighborhoods all over the world to define the next steps, and envision how to transform the energy we saw at Women’s Marches into local and national action.
Many people in Germany are not only shocked and worried about Trump’s aggressive political agenda and the recent US travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees, but also about the rise of far-right populism and xenophobia across Europe.
In support of the Women’s March on Washington, nearly 200 women and men took part in the Bonn sister march on January 21 in Bonn-Plittersdorf, walking and chanting from the American compound to the south entrance of the Rheinaue. The march was initiated by a group of women and parents of Bonn International School students. The Bonn Youth Movement also organized a demonstration against Donald Trump and Germany’s far-right AfD party that Saturday. More than 150 cheerful young protesters took to the streets in Bonn’s city center to raise their voice for women’s rights, refugees and open borders.
Let’s put our heads together and come up with some creative ideas how we can keep up the momentum in the lead up to this year’s state and national elections in Germany. How can we rise above divison and stand up for human rights and the values which we hold dear?
Just bring yourself, friends & family and some food if you can.
On Feb. 14, there will be again a OneBillionRising dance mob in Bonn at 4 p.m. at the Münsterplatz to rise against gender-based violence, sexism and racism. The dance protest is organized by Marita Hoscheidt with the support of various local women groups. Everyone is welcome to join.
The OneBillionRising campaign was launched in 2013 by V-Day (a global movement to end violence against women and girls) as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. This adds up to more than one billion women and girls. The 2017 campaign motto is “Solidarity Against the Exploitation of Women.”
The Lionesses of Bonn is an informal and inclusive group that meets once a month (every first Sunday of the month) at the new city lab in Bonn-Beuel to network, inspire and empower each other and create opportunities. The group includes women of all ages and from diverse backgrounds. Men are also welcome.
The Lionesses’ aim is to foster an open and constructive dialogue, advance social innovation and gender equality at a grassroots level. The members want to engage with each other and like-minded groups, develop knowledge and skills, share expertise, and contribute to our community.
Huddle (n.) – a small group of people holding an informal conversation
Potluck (n.) – a communal meal to which people bring food to share