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Mar 8, 2017

IT IS TIME TO END MALE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS (VAWG)

Our director talks about Ending Male Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)in her latest Blog.

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On the 8th of March, we celebrate International Women's Day around the world.

The Annual Million Women Rise march is fast approaching taking place on 11th March.

The inspirational Sabrina Qureshi is the founder of Million Women Rise, an annual march and celebration of international women's day in central London.

I will be proudly marching with survivors, my daughter and colleagues from Yorkshire, to Trafalgar Square. We will be joining sisters from across the U.K. in solidarity to challenge misogyny and demanding an end to male VAWG.

I was recently asked why do you still need to march, don't women have equality now? I sigh and say no!

We do not have gender equality! Despite the Equal Pay Act 45 years ago, women still earn less than men in Britain today. The difference in pay between men and women remains the most dramatic example of inequality for women.

Factual data informs us that VAWG continues to be on the increase year on year as confirmed by the CPS: CPS Violence against Women and Girls crime report 2015-2016 -English PDF (approx 2.1 mb)

Rape and sexual assault continue to be on the increase every year, here is just one recent example of the brutality experienced by a survivor who was forced into car with toddler and raped: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/05/cleveland-police-hunt-two-men-after-woman-forced-into-car-and-raped?

In 2017 gender equality has taken a serious step backwards. Trump publicly bragged about sexual assault on women and was then elected as the President of the United States, making him the most powerful misogynistic man on earth.

So how do we change the narrative? I think we already have, millions of women and men globally stood against this tyrant leader straight after he was elected and continue to challenge his misogynistic views. This is heartening giving hope that we will remain united and we will never be silenced by misogynistic men regardless of their status in society and we will work with our wonderful male allies and together we will end male violence against women and girls.

How can I get involved:

Women and children are marching on 12.30pm Saturday 11 March 2017.

Meet at Duke St, London (next to Selfridges). March to Trafalgar Square


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