The women's march needs your understanding

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It's possible that Donald Trump was pleased with the turnout at his inauguration on Friday-that is, until he saw the massive crowds that flooded Washington, D.C. the next day for the Women's March.

There were early signs across Washington that Saturday's crowds could top those that gathered on Friday to watch President Donald Trump's inauguration.

They say the planned march through downtown Chicago had to be canceled due to public safety concerns, but that the rally has been extended until 12:30 p.m. CT.

Thousands of women are marching in protest against Donald Trump's presidency in cities across the United Kingdom, and around the world. Overall, an estimated 673 marches were planned worldwide, 408 of them in the us alone. Click the photos below to see the marches. "If we can give them that first step with this march, then that's great for all of us".

But as Trump is the president of the USA, what do protesters in the United Kingdom hope to achieve?

Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump, took to Twitter to thank the participants for "standing, speaking and marching for our values".

He said he believed that Trump could be a unifying force: "I think he's sending the right message and doing his part to make that happen".

Never before though has the media had to deal with such an eviscerating attack by a new administration and never before has it been faced with a Populist President and Administration that seem so brittle and reactionary to criticism. Kenyan Muthoni Ngige, 28, said: "I'm here because I'm against world leaders being pussy grabbers".

Campaigners say they hope to send the messages that "we will build bridges, not walls" in order to "reject the rise of risky and divisive far right politics". Most of all, they marched to have their voices heard. "I am proud to be one of thousands who have come to Washington to make clear that we will keep working for a democracy in which we are linked as human beings, not ranked by race or gender or class or any other label".

"I'm not very political", one protester, Richard Lucas, said.

I think it is incredible a million people came together to end the violence and fight for women's rights, but it hurts my heart to think it took a new president for people to fight for these rights. "In Tokyo, one of the issues they are campaigning for about is the right to education".

In Asia, hundreds of people joined protests in Tokyo, including many American expatriates.

"You don't know who the next Gloria Steinem or Angela Davis is", says Women's March co-founder Breanne Butler.

"We have an obligation to listen to women, recognise the privileges that come from being male, serve as vocal allies and constructive partners for change, and speak out".

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