International Women's Day 2010

Million Women Rise March and Rally 2010

Posted in 2010 03 06, London by womeninlondon on 17 February 2010

All women march through central London – 1000’s of women expected!

Calling all women in the UK to join together in one voice to say there are no excuses for male violence against women. Our theme for 2010 is “each one teach one – bring a sister to the Million Women Rise 2010 march and rally in London”

Saturday 6 March 2010
12pm MEET Opposite Hyde Park (Speakers Corner End) on PARK LANE
(Nearest Tubes: 1 Min from Marble Arch)
March Route Set Off 1pm: Oxford St, Regents St, Piccadilly!

Rally And Celebration: 3 – 4.30pm Trafalgar Square
(Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Charing Cross)

Coaches, Buses & Mobility Access
Drop Off: Park Lane (Park Side)
Pick Up: Pall Mall – West Regents Street, Central London

TOGETHER WE WILL END MALE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
As women of wisdom we cannot be divided
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We are at a threshold. We are going to see change. If we can create the vision in our heart, it will spread. As women of wisdom we cannot be divided. As bringers of light, we have no choice but to join together. – Agness Baker Pilgrim (Grandmothers Council)

The women organising the march say that “enough is enough! Never has the rape of a woman’s right and dignity been so systematic and coordinated, the health and lives of women have never faced such peril.”

The women’s march has been organised by ordinary women fed up with violence against women in all its forms.

“Something has to happen for women and now”

The Million Woman Rise is expected to include a day of speeches, poetry and music. Ten’s of thousands of women are expected at Saturday’s rally, which is aimed at addressing violence against women through a show of political, social and economic solidarity.

MIllion Women Rise marches with a clear statement of demands which ask all institutions (including UK government) and societies, both at home and internationally:

*To acknowledge the continued discrimination faced by all women, the additional discrimination faced by Black women and women from minority groups, and reflect this in all public policy in the UK and internationally

*To adopt a broad definition of violence against women, which makes the links between domestic abuse, rape and commercial sexual exploitation

*To pledge support and resources to the women’s not-for-profit sector which is at the forefront of supporting survivors of discrimination, abuse and violence. Women’s services are essential to a woman’s healing and empowerment

*To support the demands of the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVWC) and End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes International Forum (ECPAT) for the protection of children and to adopt a cross government strategy addressing all forms of violence against women

*To abolish the ‘no recourse’ requirement for abused women who have insecure immigration status

*For all trafficked women and children to have a guaranteed minimum reflection period, specialist support and medical assistance, specialist safe houses for child and adult victims of trafficking and the right to a temporary residence permit if deemed at risk

*To commit to changing public attitudes and behavior towards women and girls through education initiatives and public awareness campaigns as set out by school programs such as Womankind Worldwide initiatives

*To hold the media accountable for the continued misrepresentation, misappropriation and abuse of the female body throughout all forms of media

*To recognise that global war and conflict perpetuates violence against women and to stop all wars now. Three out of four fatalities of war are women and children

*For International Women’s Day to become a National Bank Holiday in the UK and Ireland in recognition of and to celebrate women’s achievements

So if you agree with one or all of the demands then join us on the all women march or at the mixed-rally in Trafalgar Square.

You Can Also Pledge Your Support To The Statement Of Demands Here: http://www.millionwomenrise.com/about/about/about/signstatement.php

Official Website – http://www.millionwomenrise.com
Blog Spot – http://millionwomanrise.blogspot.com/
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11516673477

UN Say No to Violence Website – http://www.saynotoviolence.org/category/keywords/million-women-rise

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