WOMEN DEMAND BREAD & ROSES
A RALLY AGAINST AUSTERITY
SATURDAY 19 JANUARY 2019, LONDON
Reminiscent of the 1912 Bread & Roses protests which revolutionised workers’ rights for women, Women’s March London will galvanise thousands for a Bread & Roses rally against Austerity in the United Kingdom. It is the common denominator in the rise of economic oppression, violence against women, gender pay gap, racism, fascism, institutional sexual harassment, hostile environment and Brexit. Mostly impacting marginalised groups of people in the United Kingdom who are the many not the few.
With the imminence of Brexit, we want austerity to end and are demanding specific assurances from the UK government. It is time to eliminate the dividing line between the ‘Haves’ and ‘Have Nots’. Equality demands that we all get to thrive and not just survive. We demand Prosperity not Austerity.
Protesters will join the #WeAreChange call for action which is
(i) a PLEDGE to protect and serve each other with love, unity and solidarity;
(ii) a PROMISE to exercise our civic duty to vote in every circumstance that will shape a progressive society; and
(iii) a CONVICTION to call out any racism or form of phobia we see online and offline.
The only way to overcome such hatred is through hope. Look at the #WomensWall in Kerala. Millions of women came together, made a stand & were hopeful. We can take their example because #WeAreChange. 19 Jan 19 is the #WomensWave join us! pic.twitter.com/bqyPMjWk4A— Women's March London (@womensmarchlon) January 8, 2019
"We continue to disregard women and children in our society – not just failing to provide adequate services to support those who are abused but actively creating systems which support that abuse – universal credit paid to one member of the household supports economic and domestic abuse; failure to provide for women with NRPF prioritises immigration status above a woman and children’s right to safety, with women forced to stay in a violent relationship or risk absolute destitution or being removed from the UK.
Cuts to vital support mean that fewer women can access refuge space, more women are forced in prostitution with the scandalous rent for sex sector growing.
A decision not to build council and social housing supports the private rented sector and payment of housing benefit to individual landlords and not safe and secure housing for women and children."
- MARY MASON CEO, Solace Women’s Aid & Co-Chair, Women’s Aid
A SOLUTION FROM SOLACE WOMEN’S AID
One in six UK refuges have closed since 2010, and with the rise in domestic and sexual abuse our services are under immense strain with waiting lists of over a year for women who have suffered rape and sexual abuse.
We call on the Government to ensure support services are fully funded meeting the needs of women and children to recover and lead independent lives free from abuse.
The Bread & Roses Jan 19 rally will replicate the defiance and celebration of previous marches and rallies by Women’s March London, which led to thousands of people taking to the streets of central London. It will see people from diverse communities, faiths, sex, race, political affiliations and backgrounds stand up and show up to speak with one voice #WeAreChange.