A coachload of women campaigners are to be given an encouraging send-off by Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Cutland as they head to the capital at the weekend for a march calling for an end to violence against women.
The women are due to leave Nottingham Women’s Centre in Chaucer Street at 8.15am on Saturday (March 8) to take part in the 7th annual Million Women Rise march which calls for an end to all forms of violence against women. The event coincides with International Women’s Day – another annual celebration which honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates the achievements of women worldwide and reminds the public of the inequalities still to be addressed – and sees more than 10,000 women and children march through central London. It is backed by women’s rights organisations across the country including Rape Crisis England and Wales.
The event’s organisers arrange for coach pickups to make the march accessible to women across the UK. Together the marchers stop traffic along the capital’s busiest thoroughfares as they raise the plight of women at risk of violence outside some of London’s most iconic landmarks.
Ms Cutland, an avid campaigner of women’s rights in the county, will bid the campaigners a personal farewell in support of their involvement in the march.
She said: “I wholeheartedly commend the local women who are turning out to raise awareness of this critical issue. This march sends out a very powerful message that violence against women of any kind is not tolerated by society but it also demands greater resources to help survivors overcome their experiences and end the threat that exists to their safety.
“Domestic violence accounts for a significant proportion of all crime reported to the police every year. There is a victim behind every one of these offences and we need to be doing our utmost to ensure that they are never put in this position again. This means coming down hard on the perpetrators but also educating survivors to seek a better life path in the future, both of which we are trying very hard to do in Nottinghamshire.”
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Anyone wanting to support the cause but cannot take part in the march can sign up to a Statement of Demands at http://www.millionwomenrise.com/statement-of-demands.html
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Posted on Friday 7th March 2014