Jo has marked the 100thanniversary of International Women’s Day on 8th March by joining Women for Women’s global call for peace.
Jo joined fellow women MPs, campaigners and individuals from different backgrounds on part of their march across Westminster Bridge to Royal Festival Hall, where Annie Lennox addressed the crowd. The event marked International Women’s Day, which began in 1911 when over a million women and men attended rallies to call for women’s right to vote, hold public office and be able to work.
For the second year running, Women for Women’s ‘bridge campaign’ has brought together thousands of women on bridges all over the country to stand up for peace and an end to violence against women.
Commenting, Jo said:
“It was great to celebrate the 100th International Women’s Day. Since the event’s beginnings, much has been achieved, such as universal suffrage and greater equalities at home and in the workplace. However these rights are still not a reality for millions of women across the globe today, and many struggle for the equality we take for granted.
“Women for Women’s bridge campaign is a unique celebration of women across the world that has done a fantastic job of raising awareness about the rebuilding of women’s’ lives in war-torn countries.”
- For more information on Women for Women International and the Join Me On the Bridge Campaign, see www.womenforwomen.org.uk