UK: Ten thousand women & girls join MWR march calling for an end to male violence against women Print E-mail

 March 8 2013


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A big thank you to all the women who attended and supported the Million Women Rise March and Rally. It was estimated that there were over 10,000 of us on the streets of London marching and celebrating to see an end to male violence against women.

Thank you to the Million Women Rise stewards, the speakers and performers and to you. Every year we get bigger, stronger and closer as women and as a movement and lets continue to work together to end male violence against women in all it’s forms.

Be Ready, Get Ready Stay Ready until we meet again women for the big one next year Saturday The 8th March 2014.

Onwards and Uprising!

It is Good!

 March 8 2013


The Million Women Rise Coalition welcomes the support of ALL women who wish to join the March and sign up to our statement of demands.

The Million Women Rise Coalition is gathering support for the Statement of Demands and invites you/your organisation to consider being a signatory.

By supporting the Statement of Demands attached you will be asking the Government and societies, both at home and internationally:

To acknowledge the continued discrimination faced by all women, the additional discrimination faced by Black women and women from other minority groups, and reflect this in all public policy in the UK and internationally
  • For the adoption of a broad definition of violence against women, which makes the links between domestic abuse, rape and commercial sexual exploitation
  • To pledge support and resources to the women’s not-for-profit sector which is at the forefront of supporting survivors of discrimination, abuse and violence. Women’s services are essential to a woman’s healing and empowerment
  • To support the demands of the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW) and End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes International Forum (ECPAT) for the protection of children and to adopt a cross government strategy addressing all forms of violence against women
  • To abolish the ‘no recourse’ requirement for abused women who have insecure immigration status
  • For all trafficked women and children to have a guaranteed minimum reflection period, specialist support and medical assistance, specialist safe houses for child and adult victims of trafficking and the right to a temporary residence permit if deemed at risk
  • To commit to changing public attitudes and behavior towards women and girls through education initiatives and public awareness campaigns as set out by school programs such as Womankind Worldwide initiatives
  • To hold the media accountable for the continued misrepresentation, misappropriation and abuse of the female body throughout all forms of media
  • To recognise that global war and conflict perpetuates violence against women and to stop all wars now. Three out of four fatalities of war are women and children
  • For International Women’s Day to become a National Bank Holiday in the UK and Ireland in recognition of and to celebrate women’s achievements
The prevention of violence against women and children is a cultural, social and political issue and must be a priority for all levels of Government. Action for a national strategy to oppose men’s violence is the responsibility of all political parties and must encompass:
  • PREVENTION: Active prevention of violence against women and children.
  • PROVISION: Adequate provision of quality women-only support services for women and children.
  • PROTECTION: Appropriate and effective legal protection for women and children.


 March 8 2013


More than 10,000 women and children will take to the streets of central London on Saturday, 9 March, 2013. The march, organised by Million Women Rise (MWR), is holding up a mirror to the truth of male violence against women in all its forms, bringing women together to say enough is enough.

Women from across the UK will meet at 12 noon outside Selfridges on Oxford Street making their way to Trafalgar Square at 3pm for the rally.

This year we have already seen the rape of millions of women throughout the world and we are only in March. We have heard the German authority’s apologies to a teenage girl for sending her to a brothel to get work. We saw the gang rape and murder of a 17 year old girl in South Africa and the protest from our sisters there. We have witnessed the Irish government commit murder of a woman who was denied her human right to an abortion. Indian women continue to expose the violence they experience after the gang rape of a young woman who is now dead. Women in Egypt have spoken out against state sponsored violence against women. UK Government statistics revealed less than one rape survivor in 30, who goes to the Police in the UK, will see her attacker brought to justice. We cannot forget women in DR Congo or the British Government support for Rwanda and Uganda, two Governments named by the UN as assisting, arming and directing militia’s in the east of DR Congo responsible for mass rape in this war for mineral wealth.