So. My computer has been struggling for a while and last month it died entirely. All of my data was wiped, so this blog, which was supposed to be published on March 31st for the International Transgender Day of Visibility, is now somewhat out of date. However, being aware...
On the 8th of March, International Women’s Day, we marched in solidarity with women and girls in the world’s poorest countries where they have to spend their days walking for water. We joined hundreds of passionate people, including Annie Lennox, Jacqueline Wilson, Gemma Arterton, Mary Creagh and Paloma Faith to Walk in her Shoes, organised by Care International.
We have a special regard for Care, as its driving force is the indomitable Helen Pankhurst – yes, that’s right, of THE Pankhursts! While her Suffragette ancestors, Emmeline, Sylvia and Christabel, fought tirelessly to secure rights for women in the UK, Helen takes a more global view.
We Walked in her Shoes because at The Emily Tree we too believe that until women around the world are raised up, none of us can say we are equal.
Women and girls suffer disproportionately from poverty, and there is now almost universal agreement that they are also the key to solving it. Women are the human rights and development issue of the 21st century.
It is not only women in this country who will benefit from a more representative parliament and hearing more female voices. A more equal UK will help bring about a more equal world – it will make sure our foreign policy and aid reflects the fact that women are crucial to development .
The below gallery offers a snapshot of the gathering on the 8th in all its glory:
Ultimately it is you, young people, who are the agents of change. Lynne Featherstone (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, International Development) in her opening address at Integrate’s Conference. I didn’t know what to expect from Integrate’s 2nd conference about female genital mutilation, or FGM. So far in my life,...