A step together in the right direction

I’ve discovered the joys of marching. Cutting up cardboard and finding a broomstick for a banner, packing a backpack with snacks and a phone charger and Tubing into town on a Sunday to march.  

Last Sunday was March4Women, run by Care International and dedicated to gender equality and a more equal world.  

While some think equality is a reality, the issues raised such as the gender pay gap, domestic violence, sexual violence as a weapon of war, sex slavery and equal representation in Parliament prove otherwise. There is a long way to go. 

With my group of Jewish, Muslim and some Christian women, marching as Nisa-Nashim, we squeezed our way into the VIP enclosure for selfies with Mayor Sadiq Khan, a self proclaimed feminist, Sandi Toksvig of the Women’s Equality Party, Helen Pankhurst (descendent of Emmeline) and actor Michael Sheen. 

We were an unlikely looking group, clearly from different backgrounds and communities yet all chatting, smiling, posing for the camera, and listening to the speakers. 

Of course it rained, but not much, and as we arrived at the end of the march for the rally with thousands of other women, and men, in Trafalgar Square,  the sight of people chanting, singing, waving their banners and being above all, together, was inspiring.

One way to change the world is to run social action projects (and of course Mitzvah Day is a great vehicle for that) but sometimes, just to shout about it, and to feel connected to other people who feel the same recharges the winter batteries and reminds us that we can be part of change if we are just prepared to get a bit wet.

About the Author
Laura Marks is the founder and chair of Mitzvah Day, an international charity which works to alleviate poverty, to support the environment and to bring a little kindness all through active, hands on projects on Mitzvah Day. At the heart of Mitzvah Day is a belief that if we work side by side with our neighbours, we will build stronger, more resilient local communities. Taking the same thinking forward, Laura launched and co-chairs, Nisa-Nashim, a new national Jewish/Muslim women’s network. She is the newly appointed chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust which runs a national event and also thousands of local events, bringing people together to commemorate victims of the Holocaust and also, of other genocides. Laura lives in London, has three almost grown up children and husband, TV producer Dan Patterson.
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