Women turn out for equality march

Published: Sunday 8th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Hundreds of feminists are marching in London to demand equality for women on International Women’s Day.

Celebrities leading the march included singers Annie Lennox, Paloma Faith, Made in Dagenham actress Gemma Arterton and BBC Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney

They were also joined by Dr Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, and Dr Pankhurst’s 20-year-old daughter Laura.

Members of the crowd marched from near City Hall towards the Royal Festival Hall, with many carrying banners and dressed in Suffragette style.

Dr Pankhurst said: “The Suffragettes of old would say that the vote was only ever the beginning.

“If they were alive today, they would be outraged by the myriad of injustices faced by women and girls around the world.”

Protesters carried banners with slogans calling for equal representation of men and women in Parliament.

Faith told the crowd gathered outside the Royal Festival Hall that her mother considered being at the march more of an achievement than her gong for best British female at the Brit awards.

The 33-year-old later told reporters: “It goes to show how important it is that women stand together and fight for each other’s rights.

“Any one of the women over here could be any one of the women in a far-off land suffering from injustices.

“My mum was a child of the sixties and was one of the people who burned their bra and made a pact to herself never to be oppressed by a man in her life, and so wasn’t.

“She has brought me up with those beliefs, so this is way more important to her than anything.”

The Only Love Can Hurt Like This singer added that she would have liked to see more men on the march.

“I think we have to acknowledge that women’s rights are human rights and it would be really good to see men and women go hand in hand on these things, because we’re all human,” she said.

Published: Sunday 8th March 2015 by The News Editor

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