What is it?
#March4Women is a global movement for gender equality and a more equal world.
#March4Women 2018 is a march and rally in London on Sunday 4th March to celebrate International Women’s Day and 100 years since women in the UK first gained the right to vote.
#March4Women 2018 is calling for an end to gender-based discrimination and violence in workplaces all around the world.
What will happen on the day ?
A celebratory march in central London, followed by an inspirational rally at Trafalgar Square with music, poetry and speeches from some of the biggest names in women's rights. Click here for more details of the march route and timetable of events.
This year's #March4Women will be hosted by the wonderful Sue Perkins, who will be presenting 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, among others. Entertainment will also include poetry by Salena Godden and an extract from the forthcoming musical, Sylvia, opening at The Old Vic in September.
Where is it? What time is it?
Assemble from 11.45am on Sunday 4th March at Millbank (London SW1P 3JA). The event begins at 12.15pm Sunday 4th March and includes a short march along Whitehall to Trafalgar Square and a rally at Trafalgar Square ending at 3.30pm. Click here for more details of the march route and timetable of events.
How do I register?
The event is free but please register to let us know you are coming.
Who is organising the event?
#March4Women is being organised by CARE with the support of some key collaborators.
We are also grateful to the many celebrities and activists who will be joining us on the day and giving their time and support to #March4Women.
What should I bring?
The event is outside, so do wrap up warm, and bring waterproofs just in case.
We will have a limited number of #March4Women placards available, but please feel free to make and bring your own banners and flags to show your support for gender equality.
Can I bring children?
Yes, all ages are welcome and there will be music and entertainment to keep children interested. If you are bringing children please note that it may be cold, so please do wrap up warm.
Is it only for women?
No, we want people of all genders to come! We are marching for gender equality and our speakers will talk about what people of all genders – including men and boys – can do to help make a more equal world.
Why are men invited?
Men can be feminists too! We believe gender equality and a more equal world is good for everyone – not just for women and girls but for people of all genders, including men and boys. Men and boys can be great champions for gender equality and can play a key role, alongside women, girls and people of all genders, in challenging and changing the attitudes that lead to discrimination and inequality.
Why are you focusing on gender equality and not equality in all its forms?
As a humanitarian and international development organisation fighting poverty in 79 countries, we know that gender inequality is a major cause of poverty. We know that empowering women and girls is a key way of overcoming poverty. And that’s why CARE puts women and girls in the centre of its work.
We recognise that many women face additional prejudice and discrimination in many forms – including ethnicity, age, sexuality, disability and religion – and that all of these must be overcome to achieve gender equality for all.
At CARE, through our partnerships and programmes, we aspire to tackle poverty and injustice in all its forms, to create a world where all people can live with dignity and security.
#March4Women is about bringing people together to celebrate International Women’s Day. By focusing on gender equality, we can join our voices to call for a more equal world and show solidarity with women and girls worldwide. We welcome the participation of all individuals and groups who support an end to gender inequality, and the multiple forms of discrimination that women face. Bring your banners, fly your flags, beat your drums and join us in calling for a fairer world for everyone.
I can't come to the event itself - what else can I do?
The #March4Women event on Sunday 4th March is kick-starting a month of action for a more equal world, including online actions you can take in support of gender equality.
Some of the speakers will be drawing attention to the need to end sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment affects women in all industries, all over the world. The clothing industry is no exception - nearly 1 in 3 garment workers in overseas factories experiences harassment and abuse at work. It's time to put an end to workplace violence and harassment. CARE is launching a campaign to ensure that governments around the world sign up to what would be the first global treaty to end gender-based violence and harassment at work. Please add your name to our petition letter calling for action.
From now until 22 April 2018, donations to our Help Her Live, Learn and Earn campaign will be doubled by the UK government! Your donation can help women and girls in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities work their way out of poverty - and the UK aid match funds will go directly towards improving the lives of women and their families in Tanzania. Please donate today.
Please also check our website and follow #March4Women for further things you can do throughout March 2017 and beyond to play your part in the worldwide movement for gender equality.
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