A US-led group of women’s advocacy groups has vowed to hold the first conference on women’s reproductive rights in 20 years.
“The stakes are high,” said Susan Crawford, president of the National Women’s Law Center.
“This is a momentous moment for the United States.
I have faith in the women’s movement.
It’s not just the women that I believe, it’s the women who have the capacity and the courage and the commitment to push forward.”
The US-funded National Women, Infant and Children’s Rights Project is holding the first event to be held in Washington DC, with the aim of galvanising the public into action to protect women’s human rights, Crawford said.
“We are in a time when the stakes are really high.
I don’t think we’re at the point of the American presidency where we’re in a position where we’ve had enough,” Crawford said, pointing to Trump’s actions on women.
“But the stakes have not been elevated enough.
The stakes have been raised, and they have to be raised higher.”
The Women’s March on Washington on Saturday marks the second time in US history that the march has taken place on US soil.
In 2017, thousands of marchers gathered in the US capital to demand an end to police violence against African Americans, the death penalty for those convicted of killing unarmed black men and women, and equal rights for transgender people.
Trump on Saturday ordered the US Department of Justice to review its controversial travel ban and reinstated a temporary travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.
He also ordered a halt to the US refugee programme, which has welcomed hundreds of thousands of refugees.
Crawford said the marches are part of a larger movement of protest, as millions across the world take to the streets to demand the end of the economic, racial and social inequalities that plague many of the poorest parts of the world.
“It’s time for us to go back to the drawing board, to really get to the heart of what is really going on and what is actually at the heart,” Crawford told Al Jazeera.
“And it’s time to actually look at what’s really hurting us, to actually ask what’s actually hurting us,” she said.
The National Women Rights Project was founded by former president Betty Friedan in 1970, and is funded by $7.8bn in government funding.
Its mission is to advance women’s civil rights, including reproductive rights, health care and economic justice.
Cary Smith, director of the Women’s Rights Program at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said that the marches would highlight a number of issues that she believes are the real drivers of inequality in the United Sates.
“In my view, one of the most troubling trends is that, when we talk about inequality, we’re talking about the most vulnerable groups in society.
The most vulnerable group in society is the poorest,” she told Al-Jazeera.”
These are the women, who are the ones who are going to be most affected by this policy and the policies that are in place.””
We have seen in recent years that when we look at a policy like the [Trump] travel ban, we are actually seeing an increase in inequality.
We are seeing an increasing inequality between the people that are the most disadvantaged and the most advantaged,” Smith said.
Smith said that she was concerned about the impact of the ban on women who might not have been able to travel overseas, as well as the potential for the ban to impact on other marginalized groups, such as people with disabilities.
Smith told AlJazeera that she is also concerned about other groups who might have been affected by the ban, as she believes that it could also affect them.
“I’m also concerned that the policies in place are discriminatory and that it is not just women that are impacted.
It is also people who are disabled,” she added.”
For me, it really comes down to the ability to travel.
I’ve had people say to me, ‘I can’t go to the marches, I can’t even go to school.
I can only go to my local library or the libraries in my community, or go to Walmart.
I’m not going to go to work.
I won’t even be able to eat,'” Smith said, referring to the discrimination faced by people with disability.
Smith also said that her organisation is working to ensure that the Women March is not used as a platform for discriminatory policies.
“What we’re trying to do is to make sure that we are not using this as a political platform for our political goals,” she explained.
“One of the things that we have been working on for the past couple of years is that we want to be able [to] be in front of the cameras and show the world what’s happening, not just in our own communities, but in the whole world,” Smith added.
Cara Ziv, the director of media and media studies at the American Enterprise Institute