The Women’s March organisers on Sunday held a vigil for the four victims who passed away in London’s Westminster Bridge attack on March 22.
The women who attended the vigil were wearing blue and were lined up on the bridge, holding hands and bowing their heads in silence. There were almost a hundred of them, standing still on the bridge, while tourists looked on, and a bagpipe played in the corner.
“The image of women coming together from different communities and holding hands has significant symbolic power.”
One of the women who was present at the vigil told the Guardian that there was a quiet defiance on the bridge. “That man wanted to divide us, so by joining hands we are literally doing the opposite of what he wanted.”
The organisers of the Women’s March had sent an email to their database. “We invite you to join us for a women’s action of solidarity. It is important that we come together at this time when tensions intensify in our communities,” the email said. They also asked women to put out the word privately, either through Whatsapp or email so that the numbers attending would not get too big.
“The image of women coming together from different communities and holding hands has significant symbolic power, particularly in the online world where so much xenophobic and racist language is shared,” said the spokeswoman of the March, Emma McNally.
The women standing on the bridge presented a moving picture of a community who wants to reach out more and create positive change.