Celebrating women's suffrage centenary: there's still a long way to go

Thursday 28 June 2018

samiraOn Sunday 10th June I travelled from Birmingham to London to take part in the Processions event to celebrate the first British women who fought for the vote 100 years ago and got us to where we are today. The event was a march through four cities in the UK which created a giant living artwork. We were given scarves of one of the three suffrage colours (purple, white and green) so that all together we formed a giant flag flowing through the streets. More than 30,000 women took part in the London march, including a group of us from Young Women’s Trust! 

It was important for me to take part with YWT to support and represent our charity and what it stands for. As an Advisory Panel member for the charity I am passionate about young women being represented and speaking out. I also wanted to take part to be a ‘voice for the voiceless’, to support every single woman who has fought for our rights along the way. I wanted to let the whole world know that we deserve equal rights and opportunities. We were also there to stand up for women all over the world, as there is still so much more to be done to achieve equality. 

We were celebrating 100 years since some women got the vote but ‪I think there are still many things that need to happen for an equal society. It’s 2018. No women, especially women of colour, disabled women, and transgender women should be discriminated against or made to feel uncomfortable and less than equal because of the colour of our skin, the way we dress, our religion or the choices that we make to live in our truth. This Earth should be a safe environment for us. We will not be equal until women of colour, disabled women + transgender women have the same privileges as other women, and men!

The day was absolutely wonderful. It was the perfect weather for it, and such a lovely atmosphere full of amazing women of all ages! I felt very proud to be part of something so phenomenal.

The best thing about the day has got to be walking with thousands of women who are all on the same page, and who are still fighting for the equal rights that we deserve. It was honestly just the most brilliant experience. The walk. The music. The dancing. The laughter from people. Basically, everything about the day was absolutely perfect. And I’m so glad I was able to be part of it.