Peter Marshall | 08.03.2010 22:18 | Gender
Young women from Tower Hamlets
The march enters Oxford St at Marble Arch
Women raise issues about the DR Congo
and from Iran
100 years of Workers struggles
The Million Women Rise march, on the Saturday nearest to IWD is organised by a coalition of individual women and representatives from the Women’s Voluntary and Community Sector, and it aims to "celebrate and honour women’s activism, courage and achievements and continued struggle against global male violence in all its forms."
Million Women Rise is a part of a wider international movement to end violence against women, and the flyer handed out on the march presented the reality of violence for women in the UK and internationally. In this country almost 1 in 4 women are said to have experienced some form of sexual assault and on average two women are murdered each week by a partner or former partner. A third of all teenage girls who are in relationships suffer unwanted sexual acts and one in four are the subject of actual physical violence.
Trafficking is a large-scale global industry, with two million girls between the ages of 5 and fifteen being sold into sex slavery each year. Lack of health provision is also a major problem; one woman dies in pregnancy for every minute of the year, and most of these deaths are preventable.
There were a very wide range of groups represented in the march from WI groups to radical feminists and including a some left-wing organisations.
More pictures from the event on Demotix:
and more on My London Diary in a day or two