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Stars gather to March4Women

CELEBRATION: March4Women (Photo credit: PA)

MUSICIANS, ACTIVISTS, actors, politicians and the Mayor of London are set to march shoulder-to-shoulder in central London on Sunday (Mar 4), for CARE International’s annual #March4Women ahead of International Women’s Day.

This year’s event will mark the centenary of the Representation of the People’s Act 1918 by retracing the historic steps of the suffragettes past Parliament to Trafalgar Square. The event will honour the sacrifices made by the suffragettes of the past, and those of gender equality campaigners of today.

Presenter, writer and comedian Sue Perkins will host an unforgettable rally, including a star line up of music, entertainment and powerful speeches by Sadiq Khan, Bianca Jagger, Helen Pankhurst, Shola Mos-Shogbamimu and Faeeza Vaid (Muslim Women’s Network) with a video address by Annie Lennox.

Music and song will be weaved into the programme between inspiring speeches, and a star-studded grand finale will be a rendition of You don’t own me produced by legendary composer David Arnold, featuring women singers, the all-women Bond String Quartet and X-factor choir, Urban Voices Collective.

SUPPORT: Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

This year #March4Women will shine a spotlight on the inequality women and girls face worldwide, and how they are still far more likely to experience violence, discrimination, and harassment. CARE International is calling for an International Labour Organisation convention to tackle sexual harassment and violence in the workplace globally.

Helen Pankhurst said “There will be mixed emotions as we re-tread the steps taken by the suffragettes of old. Pride at all we have achieved together, and determination to get the job done – the struggle is far from over.

"Feminists from every walk of life will join together to honour the suffragettes of the past, and the ‘modern-day suffragettes’ who still fight for equality today, in the face of intimidation, harassment, abuse and violence.”

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