The 2019 march was dedicated to all the women and girls who have been killed by men’s violence since our last march. The theme was ‘ Never Forgotten ’.
MWR STATEMENT : MARCH 2019
This year (2019) will be our 12th Million Women Rise (MWR) March and Rally in Central London.
Why We Rise
We rise because our lives are being taken from us. We rise even though we are exhausted from centuries of oppression. We rise to demand freedom and justice. We rise to demand an end to to the harms that are inflicted on us through male violence against us.
Violence against girls, women and our children is a global pandemic which devastates the lives of women, our families, and our communities. Across the world, including on these islands, women and girls continue to be subjected to male violence at every minute, of every hour, of every day. Violence against women and girls is perpetuated in our homes, on our streets, on public transport and at our places of work. We are harmed during times of ‘peace’ and when there are wars (designed, led and carried out by men) we are victimised and turned into ‘collateral damage’. Therefore, our campaign to end violence against women and girls is part of a global struggle for our liberation.
‘One Woman, One Body, One Song, One Love’
The march and other MWR activities are led and organised by Black women for all women. We believe that ‘all oppression is connected’.We work together to create safe spaces, free from racism, fascism, discrimination and hate. When we demand an end to men’s violence against us, this includes calling for the dismantling of all oppressive structures that promote and facilitate everything from misogynoir through to ableism.
This is an opportunity for us to come together in sisterhood, solidarity, unity and upliftment...to march together, to feel the strength, exhilaration and power of being with other women, to celebrate ourselves, our differences and our diversity...to raise our voices and, if necessary, to mourn in silence.
This year’s march is dedicated to all the women and girls who have been killed by men’s violence, since our last MWR march
The theme is ‘Never Forgotten’
We know that on these islands at least 136 women and girls have been killed in the last 12 months. From a 6 year old girl through to a 100 year old women, precious lives have been taken through male violence. We also know that across the world women and girls are being killed and harmed in every moment of every day.
In visual commemoration this year’s march will be led by a silent bloc of women, including women from bereaved families, representing the 136 recorded lives that have been taken. We will also be commemorating the lives of girls and women that have been killed in other parts of the world.
This is why we rise...
We rise...because by the time you finish reading this, statement, another woman, another girl will have been killed through male violence.
For more about Million Women Rise Saturday 9th March Contact info line on 07727419634