Helena Bonham-Carter says, 'Sexual harassment isn't in anyone's job description' ahead of #March4Women 2019

26 February 2019 - Helena Bonham Carter is the latest star to join this year’s #March4Women rally, taking place in Central Hall Westminster on Sunday 3 March.

The rally, hosted by comedian and presenter Sue Perkins, will mark 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act which permitted women to enter professions, most notably law, and will celebrate the modern-day campaigners who have challenged the law to change the world.

Bonham Carter will join Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington, Coronation Street actor and gender equality activist Nicola Thorp, West End show Caroline, or Change lead Naana Agyei-Ampadu and others to read verbatim testimonies of survivors of workplace sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation from around the world.

The testimonies have been arranged by Cargo playwright and refugee rights activist, Tess Berry-Hart. 

Helen Bonham Carter said:

I am privileged to be speaking at March4Women. It’s so important to show solidarity with women and girls not only in the UK but around the world. I’ll be sharing the words of women who aren’t able to be there themselves, because they are working in factories, construction sites or as domestic workers, in conditions that leave them vulnerable to exploration and abuse. Sexual harassment isn’t in anyone’s job description. It’s over 100 years ago since we won the vote. Yet there’s a lot to do yet to win respect in every corner of the world... We’ll be celebrating the feminist activists who have changed the world for the better, and joining the call for gender equality.

Powerful speeches will be delivered by Annie Lennox, Helen Pankhurst, David Tennant, and Lady Hale, President of the UK Supreme Court, campaigner Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu and Mexican labour rights activist Marcelina Bautista. 

Radio Four’s Jane Garvey will host an inspiring panel of activists who have successfully campaigned to change the law, making life better and safer for women and girls.

Speakers will include Gina Martin, who recently saw to it that ‘upskirting’ photos were outlawed; Shaista Gohir from Muslim Women’s Network, whose organisation saw the abolition of repatriation fees imposed on women escaping forced marriages; and anti-FGM campaigner Dr Leyla Hussein, who will reflect on the first conviction for FGM in the UK. 

Dr Hussein said:

Although the #Metoo movement has been great, the voices of black women are still not heard … tremendous work still needs to be done in getting justice for ALL women and including black women and girls in the fight against sexual violence.

Organisers CARE International UK will use the occasion, which this year takes the form of a rally rather than a march, to call for a global law to protect women worldwide from sexual harassment, violence and abuse in the workplace. 

Music produced by celebrated composer David Arnold will include multi-award-winning singers Beverley Knight and Imelda May, Urban Voices Collective, and world best-selling string quartet, Bond. 

Annie Lennox OBE, singer and founder of NGO The Circle, said:

#March4Women is an opportunity to become part of the global feminist movement for human rights and justice for women and girls around the world. Every one of us is a change agent.

Central Hall Westminster’s production partner, White Light, will be providing its AV services free of charge and the event is also supported by the Mayor of London, Fawcett Society, First 100 years, Muslim Women's Network, Nisa Nashim, UNISON, UN Women, White Ribbon Campaign, The Centenary Action Group, LeanIn, The Law Society, Pinterest and Stylist Magazine. 
The event takes place from 2.15pm to 4.15pm and tickets are available from the Care International website. There is also an option for complimentary tickets for those for whom entry cost might be a barrier. 

TO REQUEST INTERVIEW WITH: Helen Pankhurst, Annie Lennox, David Tennant, Beverley Knight, Imelda May, Amanda Abbington, David Arnold, Bond or any of the listed campaigners, OR FOR PHOTOGRAPHER ACCREDITATION please contact:

Jo Broughton, Senior Press Officer, CARE International
02070916014  /  broughton@careinternational.org

Promo images, last year’s March4Women: https://www.careimages.org/?c=6662&k=710667be56

About CARE International

CARE International fights discrimination and poverty around the world, with a special focus on women and girls. CARE works on the most urgent gender equality issues of our time, including child marriage, female genital mutilation, rape as a weapon of war, domestic violence, political participation and economic empowerment. March4Women will also act as a valuable platform for our partner organisations and collaborators.

March4Women is a global solidarity movement, with events taking place in more than 30 countries.           

About Central Hall Westminster

Central Hall Westminster (CHW) is central London’s largest purpose-built conference and events centre, combining historical elegance with cutting-edge technical capabilities. The unique Edwardian landmark building situated adjacent to Westminster Abbey is the home of a culturally diverse Methodist Church and has engaged high profile conferences, special events and local business meetings since 1912.

Central Hall Westminster is a not for profit company that exists to enhance its architecturally significant building and to provide money for charitable works all over the world.

Website: www.c-h-w.com

Media contact:

Jo Broughton, Senior Press Officer (Fundraising), +44 (0) 207 091 6014

Ruby Wright, Press and PR Manager: +442080916047, wright@careinternational.org 

Out of hours: +44 (0)7824 563 810

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