“Suffragettes” To Descend On Parliament

by Erika W. Smith

UK feminists are taking a dramatic stand for women’s rights. On October 24, Dr. Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of suffragette leader Sylvia Pankhurst, will lead a mass Feminist Lobby of Parliament. She will be joined by the “Olympic Suffragettes” – a group of women who performed as suffragettes in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony – and over 200 women and men from around the UK.

UK Feminista, which describes itself as “a movement of ordinary women and men campaigning for gender equality,” is inviting people across the UK to campaign for women’s equality. On October 24, they will call on politicians to take action to end violence against women and girls and improve the representation of women across society. They will also lobby to promote equality in the economy, workplace, and family, and ensure equality in justice and rights for women.

Dr. Helen Pankhurst said:

“In the century since the Suffragettes rushed parliament much has changed for women, yet age-old inequalities persist and new forms arise. Lobbying parliament today is as urgent and vital as it has ever been. Politicians and other leaders can and must do more to tackle the serious injustices against women that persist – and the human rights violations that they contribute to – and that continue to thwart our potential as a society. Women and men coming together on one day in a mass lobby of parliament is a perfect way to remind our leaders that we expect more from them – they can and must do more!”   

On October 24, we’ll be watching! You can learn more about the event here, or watch the video below.  



Images from ukfeminista.org.uk and www.guardian.co.uk.

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