#March4Women - 4 March 2018, ahead of International Women’s Day

London, 23 February 2018 - Musicians, activists, actors, politicians and the Mayor of London are set to march shoulder-to-shoulder in central London on Sunday 4th March, for CARE International’s annual #March4Women ahead of International Women’s Day.

This year’s event will mark the centenary of the Representation of the People’s Act 1918 by retracing the historic steps of the suffragettes past Parliament to Trafalgar Square. The event will honour the sacrifices made by the suffragettes of the past, and those of gender equality campaigners of today.

Presenter, writer and comedian Sue Perkins will host an unforgettable rally, including a star line up of music, entertainment and powerful speeches by Sadiq Khan, Bianca Jagger, Helen Pankhurst, Shola Mos-Shogbamimu and Faeeza Vaid (Muslim Women’s Network) with a video address by Annie Lennox.

Music and song will be weaved into the programme between inspiring speeches. A star-studded grand finale will be a rendition of ‘You don’t own me’ produced by legendary composer David Arnold, featuring women singers, the all-women Bond String Quartet and X-factor choir, Urban Voices Collective.

There will be appearances from Sophie Ellis Bextor, Natalie Imbruglia, Sandi Toksvig and Jude Kelly CBE with further announcements early next week. Entertainment will also include poetry by Salena Godden and an extract from the forthcoming musical, Sylvia, opening at The Old Vic in September.

This year #March4Women will shine a spotlight on the inequality women and girls face worldwide, and how they are still far more likely to experience violence, discrimination, and harassment.

CARE International is calling for an International Labour Organisation convention to tackle sexual harassment and violence in the workplace globally.

Helen Pankhurst said:

There will be mixed emotions as we re-tread the steps taken by the suffragettes of old. Pride at all we have achieved together, and determination to get the job done – the struggle is far from over. Feminists from every walk of life will join together to honour the suffragettes of the past, and the ‘modern-day suffragettes’ who still fight for equality today, in the face of intimidation, harassment, abuse and violence.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said:

It is an honour to walk in the footsteps of the women and men who fought for women’s suffrage, retracing their protest route from Parliament to Trafalgar Square. This year, more than ever, we need to take stock of how much there is left to do to tackle the huge inequalities women still face. Gender equality is not just a fight for women and girls, it is important for all of us to step up. As a proud feminist in City Hall, I’m committed to doing everything I can to remove the barriers to success women in London face today.

This year and beyond, through my #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, I will be encouraging Londoners to celebrate the women of all backgrounds who make London the greatest city in the world as well as working with the capital’s leading industries to support real positive change. I want London to not only be the best city in the world to be a woman, I want it to be a trailblazer in fighting gender inequality in all its shapes and forms.

To join #March4Women on 4th March visit www.march4women.co.uk

Funds raised will support CARE’s ‘Help Her Live Learn and Earn’ campaign to help women and girls in the world’s poorest communities work their way out of poverty. All donations to this campaign until 22nd April 2018 will be matched £ for £ by the UK Government. To donate £10, text WOMEN to 70800*

#March4Women partner organisations include the Mayor of London, Muslim Women’s Network, UNISON, White ribbon Campaign, Fawcett Society and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.

Notes to Editors

Photos from #March4Women 2017 (different route and location, same cause):  https://www.careimages.org/?c=5384&k=005bad6a8d

Video of last year’s #March4Women here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVfuVKxgtnA 

*Texts cost £10 plus your standard network rate and CARE will receive 100% of your donation. By texting you consent to future telephone and SMS marketing contact from CARE. To opt-out text END to 70099.

SOCIAL MEDIA: To share #March4Women on social media please see our social media toolkit, or Facebook event.

Details of 3 photo calls:

For press accreditation please contact Jo Broughton: broughton@careinternational.org/02070916014

Millbank 11.40  Photo opportunity with musicians, activists, actors and politicians ahead of the march, with historic backdrop of houses of parliament

March setting off (12.45): Marchers will assemble in a visually striking procession led by musicians, activists, actors and politicians. The leading row will be made up of headline speakers and performers, pausing for photos before setting off, followed by crowds of supporters with colourful banners. An area ahead of the procession will be kept clear for press photographers.

Trafalgar square lions (13.10): Ahead of the rally there will be a photo opportunity with musicians, activists, actors next to the Trafalgar Square lions beneath Nelson’s Column, where Emmeline Pankhurst and Keir Hardie made their historic speeches


Photographer, camera crews and journalists welcome at the event

Register by emailing broughton@careinternational.org or 020 7091 7847 or 078245 638 10.

Spokespeople / interviews

For more information, video or to arrange an interview with Helen Pankhurst, David Arnold, Bianca Jagger, Nazma Akhter, CARE CEO Laurie Lee, or any of the participating artists, contact: Jo Broughton, at broughton@careinternational.org or 020 7091 6048. 

For any queries relating to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, please contact communitydesk@london.gov.uk or 020 7983 4066.

About March4Women

#March4Women is a whole of month of action, including Lendwithcare photo exhibition.

About CARE International

CARE International works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We put women and girls in the centre because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.

We are there to provide life-saving assistance when disaster strikes, and to help people rebuild their lives afterwards. And we are there to work alongside poor people and communities on long-term programmes to deliver lasting change.

Last year, we worked in 79 developing countries, supporting 890 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects, to reach more than 65 million people.


Sylvia, an Old Vic, Sadlers Wells and ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company production, co-comissioned by 14-18 NOW, runs at The Old Vic from 1 – 22 September 2018. 100 years after the first women in Britain were granted the vote, The Old Vic will be marking this anniversary with Sylvia, the world premiere of a modern musical. Sylvia combines dance, hip-hop, soul and funk, shedding a new light on a remarkable story at the heart of the women’s suffrage movement. Co-written by Kate Prince and Priya Parmar with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia is a modern musical celebrating the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, her pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights and the price of the passion and politics that tore her family apart.  Sylvia is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Culture Media and Sport. www.oldvictheatre.com


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