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Women's March protests: Thousands rally against Trump

On the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration, organisers hope to encourage women to get more involved in politics.

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Thousands have taken part in women's marches across the US on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration, in a bid to get more female candidates running for office as well as protest against the US president's policies.

Under the name Power to the Polls, the rallies on Saturday were hailed as the beginning of a new era in female political activism, with organisers hoping to encourage more women to get involved in politics at the local and national level. 

Thousands of people also attended marches in Cleveland; Richmond, Virginia; Philadelphia; New York; Austin, Texas; and elsewhere.

The rallies took place exactly one year after Trump took office, and one day before the anniversary of the Women's March, a large-scale protest around the world for human rights.

Those rallies were a response to statements Trump had made before his inauguration which the protesters regarded as being against women's rights, discriminatory and offensive.

Jordan said turnout at Saturday's protests was a lot lower compared to last year, when millions of people had gathered in cities around the US.

"I'm here because I'm raising two boys and I want them to be feminists and I want them to understand that this is important and it's worth standing up and speaking when it's right", a protester said.

Participants did not just focus on women's participation in politics, but also focused on issues such as sexual harassment, gender pay gap and lack of access to healthcare.

Saturday's protests also coincided with the day the US government went into a shutdown after members of Congress failed to reach an agreement on the divisive issue of immigration and government spending.

More protests against the Trump government are expected to take place on Sunday.

During 2017, women's rights became one of the most talked-about social issues globally

The global #MeToo movement has been used by millions of women worldwide to highlight and protest against endemic sexual harassment.

It was triggered by the scandal involving Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood producer accused of rape, sexual harassment and assault by more than two dozen women, including actresses.

In a response to those allegations, many other women came forward to talk about their experiences with abuse.

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