Million Women Rise

SATURDAY 9TH MARCH 2013

Meet: 12.00pm Oxford Street

Set off: 1.00pm

Rally: 3.00pm Trafalgar Square

This year the whole of Oxford Street will be closed to traffic from 12pm, making way for Million Women Rise to reclaim Oxford Street.

Why women only?

The Million Women Rise march is open to all women and children.  Million Women Rise has planned for the march to be women-only for a number of reasons:

Women and children in the UK and elsewhere around the world continue to experience violence every minute of every hour of every day in our homes, on our streets, on our public transport, at our places of work and in countries where there is war.

The idea for the Million Women Rise event came from a group of women who dreamed of a strong visible presence of thousands of women marching together, in unity, to say ‘enough is enough’.

Women have been socially, culturally and economically conditioned to defer to men, to take our lead from men, to behave in ways approved of by men. On this particular day, Million Women Rise want women to come and feel the strength, the exhilaration and power of being with other women, to celebrate ourselves, to sing, shout and chant at the top of our voices, in all our diversity, to demonstrate however we want because we’re women in the company of other women.

Support Million Women Rise

Million Women Rise is a collective of women who work autonomously as volunteers, without any corporate sponsorship or formal funding. They promote real change that is based on truth, unity and solidarity, peace and love. Million Women Rise rely on the support of donations to keep their voice autonomous.

Raised funds will go towards costs including public liability insurance, stage hire, screen and audio equipment for Trafalgar Square, and other related activities including The Million Women Rise Project; Million Women Rise organise conscious raising events and activities throughout the year and are currently developing a space to provide support groups for women who are overcoming their experiences of male violence.

Protest against sexual violence in India, 7th January 2013 at 4-7pm, Outside the Indian High Commission, London, WC2B 4NA

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Following the rape and death of a young woman in Delhi, Southall Black Sisters invites you to stand in solidarity with Indian feminists who are demanding:

  1. Increased patrolling and deployment of police, including police women in public places so that such incidents can be prevented, and women’s safety assured; improved infrastructure to make cities safer for women.
  2. Fast track courts to deal with rape cases, hearings to be held on a day to day basis, so that sentence can be delivered within a period of 6 months. Police investigation to be conducted in a time bound manner.
  3. Standardized investigation procedures to be circulated to all police stations, with action taken against police personnel who do not implement them properly;
  4. Increased sensitization, effective investigation and accountability of the police in dealing with heinous crimes against women.
  5. Immediate relief, legal and medical assistance, and long term rehabilitation measures to be provided to survivors of rape, without delays and hassles.

Please bring banners, placards, whistles, songs, slogans and all your friends and let our voices echo from the Indian High Commission to India.

For further information please contact Southall Black Sisters

Tonight at 6:30pm Lambeth Women’s Project will be protesting outside Lambeth Town Hall (Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW – opposite Windrush Square). The local cabinet is meeting at 7pm and Lambeth Women’s Project will be joining other local groups to protest against cuts. They hope to have a strong LWP presence, to make sure cabinet members are aware of what is going on and urged to take action.

On Monday Stockwell Primary School LOCKED women into the building and were eventually made to hand over a key and open up the gates by the police. Is this how we want our schools run and local women treated?

Please come if you can – and bring a pot to bang! (if you haven’t been along to a LWP protest before, check out video and photos of potbanging).

Pot banging. Photo by Ochi Reyes

For the latest updates about the protest tonight, keep an eye on the Facebook event andTwitter.