Monday, February 7, 2011

Feminist Action Alert: Million Women Rise 2011 on March 5th: Celebrating 100 Years of International Women's Day!

image of poster is from here

The following is a news release, not written by me, but promoted by me, happily. I hope well over one million women gather and march for the occasion. To link to the website for this event, please go here:
http://millionwomanrise.blogspot.com/2010/11/rise-declaration-100-years-2011.html (This link and another also appear below in the text that follows.) Below this announcement is a related one, calling for assistance in the march.

MILLION WOMEN RISE 2011
INTERNATIONAL ALL WOMEN'S MARCH TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY


Join The Million Women Rise Movement for an International All Women's March and Rally in Trafalgar Square, Central London

5th March 2011

Because male violence continues, so too does Million Women Rise.

Trusted friend – women will once again be rising on Sat 5th March demanding an end to male violence against women and children in all it's forms in the UK and Internationally. Last year approx 8,000 women marched through central London – lets join forces and spread the word.

Million Women Rise
By the time you have read this email thousands more women will be raped, beaten and murdered.

FACTS AND FIGURES

The Reality in the UK Today
Two women are murdered every week by their partner or ex partner.
Only 5% of rapes reported to the police result in the perpetrator being convicted in court.
250 cases of forced marriage are reported each year.
One woman a month is murdered in the name of ‘so called’ honour.
1 in 3 local authorities in the UK do not have rape crisis centres.
Fewer than 1 in 10 local authorities have specialised support services for ethnic minority women.
Over 20,000 girls could be at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK.

Internationally
It is estimated that a woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read.
In Lithuania, 20 to 50 percent women sexually exploited through prostitution are believed to be minors.
Each year, 2 million girls between the age of 5-15 are coerced, abducted or trafficked into sexual exploitation.
It is estimated that 1 in every 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
Among women aged 15-44 years, gender-based violence accounts for more death and disability than the combined effects of cancer, malaria, traffic accidents or war.

WE NEED YOU TO JOIN US. EVERY WOMEN ATTENDING IS ANOTHER VOICE TO BE HEARD AND TO SPEAK OUT FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT BE THERE TO SPEAK OUT FOR THEMSELVES.

Women Uncut

Million Women Rise is outraged about recent funding cuts have impacted the women’s sector with many vital women’s services losing their funding.
Cuts mean that there will be less protection for the most vulnerable of women from male violence.
The crisis in capitalism has led to these severe cuts in services for women and children from basic refuge provision to cuts in legal aid, all denying women and children safety and justice. The cuts are risking even more women's lives and the need to join together is as vital and urgent as ever
History has shown that Cuts will disproportionately affect black women, women in poverty, women with disabilities, and women with no recourse more than any other group of women.
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We encourage women to wear red, and/or green.

The color red is most often associated with power and passion, with courage, loyalty, honor, success, fortune, fertility, and happiness,

For MWR it symbolizes the colour of Woman and her blood, which contains life, courage, respect, dignity and protection

Green is life. Abundant in nature, green signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment. Green is also associated with regeneration, fertility and rebirth, environmental protection and social justice
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Saturday 5 March 2010

12pm Meet Hyde Park (Speakers Corner End Nearest Tube: Marble Arch)

1.30pm March Route set off - Marching through central London

3.30 – 5.30pm Rally and Celebration in Trafalgar Square (Nearest Tubes: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, and Charing Cross)

5pm - 1am Food and Networking Party at The 52 Club, http://www.the52club.co.uk/,

52 Gower Street WC1E6EB, please note this is a wheelchair accessible venue.
Food, performances, swimming pool, DJs and chill-out space. Entry fee on the door – donation if unwaged, £5 low-waged and £12 waged.
This is an All Women Event Only

TOGETHER WE WILL END MALE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN
If your organisation would like to book a stall for the rally at Trafalgar Square, please contact the Million Women Rise Info Line on 07727 419634 or email info@millionwomenrise.com

Please go to www.millionwomenrise.com to sign our statement of demands or to make a donation. We are a grassroots movement and so we rely on your help to make this march happen.

© Further information about Million Women Rise.

Million Women Rise
C/o WRC,
Ground Floor East,
33-41 Dallington St. East,
London
EC1V 0BB

Mobile Contact No: 07727 419 634
http://www.millionwomenrise.com/
http://millionwomanrise.blogspot.com/

EACH SISTER BRING A SISTER AND SPREAD THIS INVITE WIDE AND FAR....THANK YOU
IN SISTERHOOD AND SOLIDARITY
TOGETHER WE WILL END THIS VIOLENCE AGAINST US!

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Subject: Call out for stewards & volunteers for 5th March 2011
IN SHORT:

If you and/or your friends would like to steward on 5th March 2011 then please send an email containing name, mobile number, details of first aid experience to mwrstewards@hotmail.co.uk

Timing for stewarding on 5th March 2011 will be from 11am - 5pm

MORE DETAIL BELOW:

Dear Million Women Riser!

We hope this message finds you really well, safe and happy where you are.

As you know thousands of women plan to march again through London to mark 100 years of International Women's Day and call for an end to male violence against women and girls. See:
http://www.facebook.com/l/2dea0o1Zw-fjuTSROdB3i6G3zJw;www.millionwomenrise.com - 5th March 2011 - Million Women Rise UNCUT

Our past efforts have led to change - for example, the last government produced a cross departmental strategy to end violence against women and girls but we need to make sure the current government takes action to implement it and also ensure their cuts to public spending do not disproportianately harm women- lets stand together to especially protect our black, asian and disabled sisters at home and internationally as we know they are at greater risk of losing jobs, income support, homes, rights etc - lets stand together to protect our sisters one and all. Together we are the Million Women Rise.

2011 marks 100 years of International Womens Day - a day where women have traditionally mobilised for equality and against violence - lets together make sure that in 2011 and beyond all women can live free from the threat of being harmed. I hope you and your friends will join the march and rally on the day.

There is space for more women stewards to join the team as we're looking for 100 volunteers this time around - so if you want to take this opportunity to make new friends, support thousands of women to speak out and enable everyone to be safe on the day then please consider joining us.

There will be training sessions before the march for those of you that need a refresher both from 6.00 - 7.30pm on Thurs 17th Feb and Thurs 3rd March (location in London TBC)

If you and/or your friends would like to steward on 5th March 2011 then please send an email containing name, mobile number, details of first aid experience to mwrstewards@hotmail.co.uk

Timing for stewarding on 5th March 2011 will be from 11am - 5pm

We look forward to hearing from you - mwrstewards@hotmail.co.uk

One love
Gem
on behalf of Million Women Rise

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