On 1st March I wrote a post for A Room of Our Own acknowledging the work done by women everywhere. The work that is often under funded, under paid and under valued.
It was a recognition and a reminder that we are all of us, in all sorts of ways, making history.
Today is International Women’s Day.
Women all over the world will be celebrating achievements, planning future campaigns, being together; just being women.
When women come together, to collectively say NO, it is immensely powerful.
Only this week, a campaign, run by Jean Hatchet, against Paddy Power succeeded in ensuring that Reeva Steenkamp’s death was not reduced to a sporting bet.
The reason Paddy Power thought it was ok to run a bet on the outcome of a murder trial is because women are so often reduced to insignificant, unimportant objects. Dismissed as hysterical, as over reacting, as worthless.
Today in London, those worthless, insignificant women will be taking part in the Million Women Rise March which raises awareness of male violence against women.
Women will be marching through Central London, wearing red, singing, playing instruments, laughing, talking, meeting old friends, meeting new friends, sharing, supporting, cheering.
This demonstration of women’s power is vital. We need to see how many care about other women. We need to know that we are not alone. We need to hear other women telling us we are believed and that we will stand together.
I want to pay tribute to some of the women I know, who are working tirelessly to raise awareness of violence against women and girls. You may not like them all but that’s not the point. Feminism is not about simply supporting those women you like or get on with.
It’s about supporting all women, everywhere, whether you like them or not, whether you agree with them or not.
These are just some of the women who work more hours than they are paid for.
Women who work for nothing. Women who care.
I want to thank you for what you do, for your determination and passion to keep going and for making a difference.
RISE UP WOMEN!