Million Women Rise 2010

Thousands of women from across the UK and beyond gathered in London on Saturday the 6th of March for the third annual Million Women Rise march. Travelling from Hyde Park, through Oxford and Regents Street to gather for a rally in Trafalgar Square, women marched, chanted and sang to assert their rights to lives free from violence. (more…)

By: Sarah Barnes, 09.03.2010 | Comments (0)
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Million Women Rise Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that tomorrow sees thousands of women marching through central London to call for an end to violence against women. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, Million Women Rise (MWR) will be marching for a properly government funded plan, backed by the commitment of all political parties, to enable women to live free from the threat of male violence.  Further, the march will demand International Women’s Day to be declared a national public holiday in recognition of women’s contributions to all areas of UK society.

The women only event will mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and will be the third annual march. Last year, attendees reached over the 5,000 mark and as a result of the success, MWR national co-ordinator Sabrina Qureshi was invited, by the then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, to a join a consultation on violence against women and girls. However, with women still experiencing violence at the hands of men there are still plenty of reasons to march. 

Marchers are invited to meet at 12 noon on Park Lane opposite Hyde Park’s Speakers Corner before heading to Trafalger Square, via Oxford Street and Regent’s Street, to gather for the rally at 3pm. Hope to see you there!

By: Dearbhaile Kitt, 05.03.2010 | Comments (0)
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Million Women Rise needs you!

On the 6th March this year the annual Million Women Rise march will be taking place, calling all women together  to bring domestic violence to an end. As usual, MWR will be coinciding with International Woman’s Day, and what better way to show your love for yourself and your sisters than marching?

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By: Yasmin Eshref, 22.02.2010 | Comments (0)
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We Reclaimed The Night! Part 2

Reclaim The Night - Hall crowd

Following on from our long, wet and happy march everyone slowly filtered into the Camden Centre. Whilst we had been marching it had been difficult to see how many of us marchers there were, but packed into the centre the greatness of our number was an awesome sight!

Reclaim The Night London on Stage

Admittedly, it was lovely to have an opportunity to sit down and dry off (with hot Caribbean food, home made cakes and a licensed bar all making this period of the evening even more enjoyable) but that wasn’t the only reason for us gathering! The vast group of tired marchers were eager to reflect on the night and listen to some emotive and inspiring speakers.

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By: Sarah Barnes, 29.11.2009 | Comments (0)
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Remembering victims of violence by candle-light

National Gallery Gathering

Last night I went along to Trafalgar Square to join many other women (representing Million Women Rise, Women in Black, London Feminist Network, Object, the Women and Girls’ Network, Roshni and, of course, all representing themselves) gathered in remembrance of all women who have suffered male violence. We were there to mark the United Nations Elimination of Violence Against Women Day, share our stories and hope for a future free from violence.

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By: Sarah Barnes, 26.11.2009 | Comments (0)
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Elimination of Violence Against Women Day – candle lit vigil tonight

Candle Lit

Today, the 25th November, is the United Nations Elimination of Violence Against Women Day and, to mark the day, there will be candle lit vigils held in both London and Edinburgh.

For all women worldwide who have been murdered and affected by male perpetrated violence (and in protest of the recent sexual attack on blogger Noble Savage at the Reclaim The Night march in London), Million Women Rise will hold a peaceful candle lit vigil tonight in Trafalgar Square at 7pm.

Million Women Rise, along with other women’s organisations, like Object, the Women and Girls’ Network and Roshni, are inviting self-identified women and male allies to come along and bring a candle to light in remembrance of all women who have suffered male violence.

The Edinburgh University Feminist group will gather in Bristo Square at 6pm, along with political choir Protest in Harmony, to launch their 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Violence campaign. All victims of homophobic and transphobic violence will be in the thoughts of those attending. As the Edinburgh Uni Feminists say;

“Join us to make a strong public statement, to visually highlight crimes which are too often hidden from public view.”

By: Sarah Barnes, 25.11.2009 | Comments (0)
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