Thousands once again took to the streets of London to join forces and take part in the women’s march on Sunday 5 March.
The march took place 3 days before International Women’s day and was led by the influencial singer Annie Lennox.
In a powerful speech, she told the crowds: “We’re here as part of a collective voice, to amplify the message that global injustice and abuse has been endured by girls and women for centuries too long.”
Lennox also reminded the world that these marches are not to be done in vain – she called for everyone to collectively use their voice to spread the message of equality and advocate change.
Care International, The White Ribbon Alliance, Women For Refugee Women, The Fawcett Society, and The Circle were thanked for the work they are doing around the world to help girls and women and make a positive difference to the world.
Care International called it an “inspiring and amazing day,” and The Fawcett society said they were proud to partner up with Care International for such a wonderful turnout.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan was also at the forefront of the march, leading a great example that women’s issues are men’s issues too, as he told the crowds, “This is what a feminist looks like.”
Jemima Elliot, a 17 year old marcher, told Feminist Fairground, “For me, the march showed the strong unity and solidarity against the issues facing women globally. It was also a celebration of women’s achievements. Marching means persistence, perseverance and striving to achieve our full potential whilst also doing whatever we can to help others.”
There are many messages that can be heard from March 4 Women; that we mustn’t grow accustomed to and normalise offensive locker room talk; that we must push for the an end to “glacially slow” change, in favour for action; that we must continue to use the voices we have to help the women who are voiceless; and that if you believe in fundamental human rights, equal opportunity, justice, respect and protection, you are a feminist.
“The word ‘feminism’ can mean different things to different people.
But let’s have no confusion about what feminism really means..
Simply put, feminism stands for fundamental human rights.. Equal opportunity.. Justice, respect and protection.”
– Annie Lennox