London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan marched with hundreds of Londoners at Care International’s annual walk through the City of London on Mother’s Day.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 6, 2016
Sadiq Khan walked in solidarity with an international line-up of celebrities that was led by women activists Annie Lennox, Helen Pankhurst and Bianca Jagger.
The day included a variety of speeches from author and Founder of Women for Refugee Women, Natasha Walter; Leyla Hussein on female genital mutilation as well as comedy from Bridget Christie and live music from Sister Sledge.
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Asked what changes would he make for women if he were to be successful, Khan vowed to be a “feminist Mayor”, to ensure that female Londoners would have the same opportunities as their male colleagues.
Khan acknowledged that there is excessive violence against women in London.
Sophie Walker, standing as an independent woman candidate and leader of the Women’s Equality Party said: “We have to start getting a feminist voice into British politics and getting the lives, experiences and needs of women right at the top of the political agenda all day, every day and not just on Mother’s day and not just during an election cycle.”
With the recent release of Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette film on DVD, nominated for ‘Best British Film’, the annual rally celebrates the Suffragette movement that embarked on the epic fight for women’s right to vote.
But 100 years later, many women and girls around the world still struggle for basic rights.
Care’s International’s #WalkInHerShoes campaign and rally is an annual event, that coincides with International Women’s Day (8 March) for women and girls, who endure inequality and injustice around the world today.