Thousands march for gender equality in London

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Thousands marched on London campaigning for gender equality during Sunday’s March4Women.

Around 10,000 protestors, including London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Helen Pankhurst, Bianca Jagger, Michael Sheen and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, came out in support of the Care International march.

The march marks both International Women’s Day and the 100 year anniversary of women’s rights to vote in the UK.

Activists wore sashes depicting the suffragette’s slogan, Deeds Not Words, and carried banners supporting equal rights, the #MeToo and the #TimesUp campaigns and closing the gender pay gap.

Across the march, signs said ‘Bloody Difficult Women’; ‘A woman’s place is in the House of Commons’; ‘Girls can do anything’; ‘Don’t assume I can cook’; and ‘We’re not ovary-acting’.

The march, which started at Millbank’s Old Palace Yard, saw actress and Suffragette star, Anne-Marie Duff reciting Emmeline Pankhurst’s Freedom or Death; a performance by Biffy Clyro; and a powerful address from Annie Lennox.

Addressing the protestors, Helen Pankhurst said, “I think we are living in a world where there are some dinosaurs that are trying to take us back.”

“And there are those that are moving together, trying to say ‘that’s not the way we want this world to look,’ and moving us forward, and looking at issues around inequality and naming prejudice and all sorts of forms of entitlement, that just shouldn’t be part of the scene of the 21st century.”

Speaking at the march, Khan said, “It is an honour to walk in the footsteps of the women and men who fought for women’s suffrage, retracing their protest route from Parliament to Trafalgar Square.”

“This year, more than ever, we need to take stock of how much there is left to do to tackle the huge inequalities women still face.”

“Gender equality is not just a fight for women and girls, it is important for all of us to step up.”

“As a proud feminist in City Hall, I’m committed to doing everything I can to remove the barriers to success women in London face today.”

Alison Simpson
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