Scores of activists, community groups and supporters of the cause have rallied through the streets of London and echoed protests and pleas during Europe’s biggest women’s march- the Million Women Rise….reports Asian Lite News
Now in its 11th year, MWR is organised on the nearest Saturday to International Women’s Day every year. The colour theme was red this year symbolising women’s power, determination, passion and rebellion.
Artistes and performers have presented poems, stories instrumentals, songs and dance at Trafalgar Square where the rally culminated after a three hour march. Singer-Songwriter and Spoken-word poetess Khadijatou Doyneh (K2); Imkaan’s Executive Director and Co-Chair of End Voilence Against Women Coalition Marai Larasi; Playwright, Performer and Lawyer Tolu Agbelusi; , activist Seyi Akiwowo; Brooke Law, Vivien Hayes of umbrella body Women’s Resource Centre; Ronke Coote of Big Building Foundation, singer Vanessa Freeman; Common Cause UK represented by Maman Maguy; Samba Sisters Collective; Kurdish Women’s Movement in the UK, Classical Dancer, World-Record holder and Associate Lecturer at the University of Sunderland in London Ragasudha Vinjamuri have all presented their side of artistic expression of womanhood, suffering, abuse, resurrection and the art of living. A video message from member Marie Claire Falay from the Democratic Republic of Congo was shown.
Founded by Sabrina Qureshi and supported by grassroots activists & women’s organisations, Million Women Rise movement campaigns for ending violence against women. It calls for solidarity among women to curtail attacks and exploitation on women and girls to be able to live free from violence, and works with international women’s movements on a variety of campaigns. With a national coordinating group based in London, its satellite subgroups work regionally and organise local events.