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In quotes: What the world said at the Women’s March

Demonstrators make their way from the iamsterdam statue in front of the Rijksmuseum towards US Consulate during the Women's March held at Museumplein on January 21, 2017 in Amsterdam.
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One day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, women and men marched in Washington D.C., and other major international cities to promote women's rights.

Faced with a turbulent political climate, the original organizers of the Women's March intended to highlight that "women's rights are human rights" during Saturday's demonstration, as the new U.S. government took to its first full day in office.

While no official figure of how many attended has been released yet, according to the organizers more than 5 million individuals participated in the Women's March worldwide.

CNBC takes a look at some of the placards and words spoken at the event.


Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson attends the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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"President Trump, I did not vote for you. That said, I respect that you are our president-elect and I want to be able to support you."

"But first I ask that you support me, support my sister, support my mother, support my best friend and all of our girlfriends, support the men and women here today that are anxiously awaiting to see how your next moves may drastically affect their lives."

—Actor Scarlett Johansson at the Women's March in Washington D.C.

Africa: ‘Humanity first’

Women gather to support 'Women March' held against President Donald Trump in Washington at Karura Forest in Nairobi, Kenya
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'Humanity first! My humanity is bound up with yours. For we can only be human together.'

A placard says, during the Women's March in Nairobi, Kenya

Michael Moore

Michael Moore speaks onstage at the rally at the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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"We have to get busy folks. We've got our work cut out for us."

Filmmaker, Michael Moore speaking at Washington's March

France: ‘We the people stand united’

Following the swearing in of Donald Trump, feminist and other associations in defense of human rights organize a Women's March on Washington and all over the world on January 21, 2017 in Paris, France
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'We the people: stand united. Will resist. Will not be silent. Will protect one another with intelligence and compassion. Our love is stronger than hate.'

A placard says, during the Women's March in Paris

America Ferrera

Sophia Bush, Uzo Aduba and America Ferrera attend the rally at the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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"It's been a heart-rending time to be both a woman and an immigrant in this country. Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack, and a platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday. But the President is not America. His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America, and we are here to stay."

Actor America Ferrera told the Washington March crowd

John Legend

Jurnee Smollett-Bell and John Legend posed at Women's March on Main Street Park City on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah.
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'I love seeing this display of solidarity. Thanks to the women who organized and came together for #WomensMarch'

—Singer John Legend posted on Twitter after attending the Women's March in Utah

Mexico: ‘Build Bridges Not Walls’

People take part in the Women's March in Ajijic, Mexico - a city with a large community of U.S. and Canadian nationals - January 21, 2017.
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'Build Bridges, Not Walls.'

—A placard says, during the Women's March in Ajijic, Mexico

Elizabeth Warren

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey (left), fellow U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and others head down Beacon Street during the Boston Women's March for America, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.
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"We come here to stand shoulder to shoulder to make clear: We are here. We will not be silent. We will not play dead. We will fight for what we believe in."

—Senator Elizabeth Warren speaking at the Women's March in Boston

Australia: ‘To Strong Women, May We Know Them’

The marches in Australia were organised to show solidarity with those marching on Washington DC and around the world in defense of women's rights and human rights.
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'To Strong Women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. #WhyIMarch'

—A placard says, during the Women's March in Melbourne, Australia

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem speaks onstage during the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC
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"We are here and around the world for a deep democracy that says we will not be quiet, we will not be controlled, we will work for a world in which all countries are connected."

"We are linked. We are not ranked. And this is a day that will change us forever because we are together. Each of us individually and collectively will never be the same again."

—Political activist, writer and feminist, Gloria Steinem speaking at the Women's March in Washington D.C.

Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen at the Women's March in London
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'The Marches worldwide were a good beginning. Some who fear (Donald Trump) say "give the man a chance". OK – he's started by removing LGBTQ people, climate change and state funding of the arts from POTUS's website. He's had his chance.'

—Actor Ian McKellen wrote in a statement on Twitter after attending the Women's March in London

Chelsea Handler

Actress Chelsea Handler, on Main Street, at the start of the Women's March, during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Jan. 21, 2017
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"We're all here for the same reason… to stand with hundreds of thousands of women to demonstrate respect for our freedom, human rights, safety and health… Otherwise known as "Things We Thought We Were Done Marching For, But Apparently We're Not."

—Comedian Chelsea Handler posted on Medium.com with Mary McCormack, when attending the Women's March in Utah