Press Statement 2015
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Thousands to join women-only march in London against male violence
Thousands of women and girls will march through the streets of central London calling for an end to male violence against women.
Women are coming from across the country to join the annual International Women’s Day Million Women Rise (MWR) march & rally on Saturday, 7 March 2015.
This year’s march is dedicated to the women with no recourse to public funds
Last year the MWR march welcomed a record 10,000 marchers, and this year even more are expected.
The march is also supported by organisations supporting survivors of violence against women.
Katie Russel national spokeswoman Rape Crisis England and Wales, said:
“Rape Crisis is extremely proud to be part of the Million Women Rise 2015 and we’re looking forwarding to marching on London in solidarity with women and children from across the UK and the globe again this Saturday.
As we look back over the past year and forward to a General Election in just two months’ time, the need to stand up together against male violence against women and girls has never felt so great, so pressing and so relevant.
It feels as though the silence around sexual violence in particular has finally been broken but we must now fill the space that remains with our loud and unified voices, calling for justice for survivors.
We cannot and will not stop until every woman’s right to live free from the fear and experience of violence is a reality.”
Vivienne Hayes Ceo of Women’s Resource Centre, said:
“We are losing the struggle in the UK for women’s rights and justice; government policies are pushing women back into Victorian style poverty and endangering the lives of women and our children”
Sabrina Qureshi, Founder of Million Women Rise, said:
“With the decimation of the women’s voluntary sector, many of us already feel that we don’t have much more to lose. But we won’t be silenced. We become diamonds under the pressure; we don't break and we will continue to protest peacefully.
We the ones we have been waiting for. We are the movement of women and girls. We are Million Women Rise. Big up to all the single mums and mothers, the woman with no recourse to public funds....it ain't easy......but we are not easy and we will rise... until this violence against us and our loved ones ends.”
For interviews or more information contact: sabrina 07727 419634 or Donna on 07767 766351
Note to editor:
The police won’t attend our Million Women Rise rally – we will march on
Saturday 7th march
We assemble on Duke Street next to Selfridges 12pm
Set off 1.15pm
Rally at Trafalgar Square 3pm with speakers and performers