It’s easy to show that you care. In fact, sometimes all it takes is holding hands.
That’s exactly what the Women’s March on London did after last week’s terrorist attack in London where four victims died and another 50 were injured, according to Women in the World. Part of the demonstration that took place over the weekend were a “row of Muslim women stood holding hands along Westminster bridge,” there to show that their hearts are with the victims of the tragedy.
All dressed in blue with hands entwined, Women in the World says all those in attendance wore the color “as a symbol of hope and held hands for five minutes as Big Ben struck 4 p.m.” According to CNN, the vigil stemmed from a photo that showed a woman wearing what appears to be an Islamic head covering passing the scene of the attack while looking at her phone, causing some to criticize the unnamed woman.
Thus, the demonstration was about more than just showing solidarity with victims and the city of London; it was about proving that as a people, we are all united. According to Sarah Waseem, a Muslim woman from Surrey, the event meant just that:
“When an attack happens in London, it is an attack on me,” she told The Independent, according to Women in the World. ” It is an attack on all of us. Islam totally condemns violence of any sort. This is abhorrent to us.”