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Jan. 23, 2021
The 2021 Women’s Marches are being replaced by a global survey on gender equality
"January 2017, millions of people took to the streets in cities around the world to participate in the first Women’s Marches. Sparked by the ascension of Donald Trump to the US presidency, and timed to coincide with his inauguration in Washington DC, these marches were mass protests against misogyny – a force that many believed helped propel Trump into the White House and damaged the chances of his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Five years on, much has changed. Trump’s presidency, now at an end, proved to be just as damaging as so many predicted it would. The Women’s Marches have evolved from a relatively spontaneous outpouring of anger into annual events and an international network of thousands of activists. Now the world is in the grip of the deadliest pandemic in over a century – making it impossible for the Women’s Marches to go ahead as planned in 2021. Instead, the organisers are launching a digital initiative to amplify the voices of women around the world. Spearheaded by Women’s March Global, the Global Count online poll is billed as one of the largest surveys ever undertaken to establish the cultural, economic and social barriers to women’s progress around the world.
The poll was officially launched on 21 January – the day the Women’s Marches would ordinarily take place – and closes on International Women’s Day on 8 March. It comes at a time when concerns have been raised about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women and other marginalised groups. Find the count at Women’s March Global Click on 'Campaigns'.
"The Global Count is a count of all women, non-binary, and transgender people from every country, culture and racial background around the globe. We must listen to women and gender-diverse people everywhere in the critical push for global gender equity. To ensure all voices are counted as we face the post-pandemic global reset. Insight and data about what women want is scarce. And where it does exist, it’s systematically and divisively neglected from policy and programme design. The Global Count is an online poll for women and gender-diverse people that has been designed to ensure intersectional voices and priorities are counted in policies and funding programmes. In short, the Global Count is our chance to use our collective voice to design our new world, the way we say it should be for the benefit of all of us."