Million Women Rise 2010

by Jess McCabe // 7 March 2010, 22:48

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Eight thousand* women marched through central London yesterday for Million Women Rise, to demand an end to the "continued daily, hourly, minute-by-minute individual and institutionalised male violence enacted against women worldwide".

The third Million Women Rise was just as inspiring and amazing as ever, as chants of "women, join us!", whistling, shouts and singing reverberated through the crowd of women from across the country and beyond. It's also great to see The Independent ran some photos!

Only one issue cast a pall on the day - the MWR organisers' reluctance to make their own stated policy public and clear on their website and flyers that trans women are welcome on the march and included in their signature chant, "One woman, One song, One body, One love".

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They say sit back - We say fight back!

They say silence - We say justice!

They say submit - We say don't quit!

Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Croydon

Power!

Power!

Power to the women

Cos the women got the power

Sister, can you hear it?

Getting stronger by the hour

Bradford women together say ... STOP violence against women

Say it once, say it again

No excuse for violent men!

Say it once, say it loud

We are women, we are proud!

Cath with Unison banner

Cath Elliot with a Unison flag - Cath also spoke at the rally.

'Remember I'm the victim - not the accused!!'

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Women from the Butterfly Project.

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The musician Sarah Kate Bennett

Sabrina, co-ordinator of Million Women Rise, rabble-raiser

Sabrina Qureshi, co-ordinator of Million Women Rise, starting off the rally

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Activist Michelle Daley

Patsy McKie, Mothers Against Violence

Patsy McKie, Mothers Against Violence

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Judith Adorkorach, from CARE International, spoke about Northern Uganda.

More:

All my photos on Flickr
Charlotte Cooper's photos on Flickr
Hannah Nicklin's photos
Videos from the march

* According to the march organisers - also, this is 3,000 more than last year!

Comments From You

HarpyMarx // Posted 07 March 2010 at 13:13

I attended the demo as well and here's my own Flickr page of the event
http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisefeminista/

Bell Bajao // Posted 07 March 2010 at 14:04

Its good to see that thousands of women unite together to talk about these issues. Although its sad that they have to do this at first place. I still don't understand that why educated people also make these mistakes..

Jessica R // Posted 07 March 2010 at 14:44

Awesome pics Jess! Lovely to see so many women marching, and so much joy yesterday! We should have a monthly march instead of a yearly one :p

Amy Clare // Posted 07 March 2010 at 17:19

This looks amazing! Wish I could've been there.

Carol Lovekin // Posted 08 March 2010 at 13:50

I am heartened & grateful to the women who marched today. No longer a young woman myself (but with a history of campaigning to look back on) I'm proud to be part of the sisterhood & to know that my heart daughter was on the march flying the flag for women everywhere.

Brava Sabrina ~ you are beauutiful.

Love in abundance
Carol L

Carmel Traynor // Posted 08 March 2010 at 15:01

The Million Women Rise march was simply amazing. Every woman that attended that march stood for and represented the millions of women across the globe that suffer at the hands of male violence and abuse. The message was very simple; It must stop and it must stop now.
Never more than at this time, is unity required within our sector, and whilst political debate is essential, our message must be very clear, women of the world must unite and together we will achieve that what we can not achieve alone. In sisterhood and solidarity Happy International Womens Day.

masculinist // Posted 10 March 2010 at 09:09

I'm planning a march to highlight and support Male Victims of Domestic Violence .......Million Men March ...

can anyone help me where to start ?

I need to ask as the Million Women march was very successful

thanks

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