Thousands of people took part in the first Feminist March in Amsterdam this afternoon. According to the organization, 4,000 to 5,000 people took part in the event, considerably more than the 1,500 previously estimated.
Around 13:00 the Dam filled with people. There was singing, dancing and speeches on stage. After about an hour and a half, the crowd moved through the Rokin and the Vijzelgracht to the Museumplein. “The journey went very peacefully, under a nice sun,” a spokesperson told the ANP.
The march has been organized since 2017 in the run-up to International Women’s Day on March 8, but was previously called the Women’s March. “By continuing as Feminist March, we hope to send a clear message: feminism is not just for women,” the organization said beforehand. It was hoped that others “who are part of a marginalized group” would also feel addressed.
A safe place
An attendee told local channel AT5 that the name change was a good thing. “I think the march is a lot more inclusive this year. It’s not just about women, but also people who identify differently. I think this makes this a safer place for a lot more people.”
A man who accompanied said that he thinks it is important that men also participate. “I think white men in particular should do more, because it’s just a fact that we were born with more privileges.”
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