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Why We Rise

3 Mar 2015

In just four days' time, on Saturday 7th March 2015, women from the Rape Crisis movement across the UK will join thousands of sisters and their children in London for the annual Million Women Rise march and rally.

Million Women Rise is the biggest demonstration against male violence against women and children in Europe; it highlights the extent and continuation of male violence in all its forms, and the devastation this violence causes individuals and communities, as well as demanding change and that steps be taken to end violence against women and children.

Lee Eggleston, Chairwoman of Rape Crisis England & Wales said:

“Rape Crisis is extremely proud to be part of the Million Women Rise coalition and we’re looking forwarding to marching on London in solidarity with women and children from across the UK and the globe again this Saturday.

As we look back over the past year and forward to a General Election in just two months’ time, the need to stand up together against male violence against women and girls has never felt so great, so pressing and so relevant.

It seems as though the silence around sexual violence in particular has finally been broken but we must now fill the space that remains with our loud and unified voices, calling for justice for survivors.

We cannot and will not stop until every woman’s right to live free from the fear and experience of violence is a reality.”

This year, marchers will gather from 12 noon outside Selfridges on Duke Street in central London, then set off along Oxford Street at 1.15pm, gathering for a rally on Trafalgar Square from 3pm. 

And find information about coaches travelling to London for Million Women Rise on Saturday from other parts of the UK and Europe here.

Million Women Rise is a grassroots, independent and completely unfunded initiative, organised entirely by unpaid volunteers; it therefore depends on public donations to survive.

Find out how you can donate to and support the Million Women Rise movement here.

For more information about Million Women Rise, you can visit the MWR website here, and follow @MillionWomen on Twitter. Use the hastag #whywerise to Tweet about what MWR means to you and its continued importance.