Data Oruwari, a Nigerian Creative strategist and artist based in the US was present at the anti-trump women’s march in New York. The aim of the march which started off on Saturday 21st January 2016 according to a caption on the artist’s timeline “was a protest for more attention to women’s rights and equality for all”. Apparently, not many people trust the Trump administration well enough to handle this.
FW reached out to Data and asked her a few questions on how the present situation in DC affects women in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
On the effects the women’s march has on African and Nigerian women she says:
“The anti trump march started as a response to the sexist statements trump has made against women all through his campaign and the sexist laws he intends to put in place now that he is president. How i think it trickles down to Africa is because America has been an active enabler for women’s rights all over the world, eg with how Michelle Obama went to different schools to promote girls right to education. So it only makes sense that when women here in America stand strongly to protest against trump’s actions, other African sisters join in to support.”
On how much impact this protest may have on Nigerian women:
Nigerians aren’t patriotic by nature. It’s hard to find us stand together and protest for anything that isn’t directly pinching us. Also we have a government that clearly doesn’t respect our humans rights so I’m sure people feel it would be a waste of time.
There was a March in Cape town, but none in Lagos or Abuja, even with the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Data shares her thoughts on this as well:
I’m sure it will at least spark the conversation in Nigerian women that in some other part of the world there are other women just like them who feel the same way about how they are being treated. And hopefully that spark will become a ripple effect to how women speak up about the injustices they face daily.
Image Source: Data Oruwari