The Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund (NWTF) is concerned about women not only in Nigeria but around the world. The Fund was proud to have one of her mentees, Ms. Chineme Ezekwenna on the ground in Washington DC as part of the women’s march.
United we stand strong, the underlying message which she took away from the march was a call for sister marches across the world in solidarity with US women. The march emphasized women’s universal call for justice and equity.
On November 8, 2016, an experienced and highly qualified woman was unable to break what some consider the highest glass ceiling: Presidency of the United States. Hillary Clinton’s loss was disappointing to many men and women all over the world. So, the day after the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President; citizens, immigrants, women, men, and children, people of all races and faiths, and other groups came together in a peaceful protest to call on the President to address the issues that threaten them.
“We marched for those who are unable to march. We made our voices heard by letting the entire country know that we’re not satisfied and we will be watching and resisting nonsense over the next four years.”
“When women’s rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” The power of this call and response is that we can switch out the underlined words with the issue closest to our heart, the issues that the nation needs to address immediately. As my friend and I continued marching forward we heard someone behind us start their own chant inserting “immigrant rights” and then one close to my heart “black lives.” What will you use your voice to fight for?
Original writer: Chineme Ezekwenna (Story culled from the travellingwithchin.com). Chineme Ezekwenna is an international development practitioner and storyteller who blogs at TravelingWithChi.com and shares her poetry/photography via @chiStory_ on Instagram.