Green Party Women Attend UK Feminista Rally and Lobby of Parliament
24 October 2012
Green Party Women joined over 200 people from around the country to meet face to face with their MPs to call for urgent action on women’s equality. The lobby featured a performance by the ‘Olympic Suffragettes’ – a group of women who performed as suffragettes in Danny Boyle’s 2012 Olympics opening ceremony earlier this year, as well as speeches by Caroline Lucas MP, Yvette Cooper MP and Amber Rudd MP.
Women and men at the lobby called for urgent action by MPs to stop a growing tide of attacks on women’s rights. These include the disproportionate and disastrous impact of Government cuts on women’s equality and moves to restrict access to abortion. Lobbyists also demanded a range of actions by their MPs to tackle violence against women; improve the representation of women across society; promote equality in the economy, work and family; and ensure justice and rights for women.
84 years on from women finally winning the right to vote and feminism today remains an unfinished revolution:
- Women are outnumbered four to one in parliament
- The full-time pay gap is 15%
- 40% of ethnic minority women live in poverty
- Up to three million women and girls in the UK experience rape, domestic violence, stalking or other violence each year
- The costs of childcare in the UK are amongst the highest in the world
Also taking part in the Feminist Lobby of Parliament were a broad range of leading women’s organisations, including: the Fawcett Society, End Violence Against Women Coalition, British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Women for Refugee Women, Daycare Trust and Object.