Creasy calls on women to celebrate talent and diversity (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Suffragette march from 1910 to be recreated in Walthamstow
Stella Creasy has called on local residents to take part in a march tomorrow for International Women’s Day.
Walthamstow’s Wonderful Women Walk will celebrate the talent and diversity of local women and organisers say it will encapsulate the spirit of British suffragettes as modern feminists continue to work towards equality.
“We really want this to be a big celebration of the future that Walthamstow has,” the Walthamstow MP said.
“We’re running at half power as a society because we just haven’t realised the ability of women and when we do that, we’ll all benefit.”
“What I’m doing with this march is being an advocate for all the women that we’re not hearing from, to try and encourage them to support each other, to come forward, and for men to see how important it would be for everyone if we did that.”
Inspiration for the walk came from a photograph Ms Creasy was shown depicting suffragettes in 1910 marching from Cedars Avenue, Walthamstow, as part of their campaign to allow women the vote.
The event ended with Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement, and her daughter Christabel addressing a crown on Walthamstow High Street.
It is hoped similar scenes will occur tomorrow, with those taking part encouraged to wear suffragette colours - purple, green and white - and sashes for a photograph, which will be taken on Cedars Avenue to mimic that taken more than 100 years ago.
Campaigner Arifa Nasim, 16, described Ms Creasy as an inspiration and said the march would be “a fantastic opportunity to proudly display what we have a achived over the last 100 years”.
The March begins at midday in Cedars Avenue and ends at Walthamstow Assembly Hall at 2pm, where the Waltham Forest Women’s Network is hosting events including a food festival, dancing and workshops.
Email Phillipa.Milne@colf.org for information or to help steward the event.
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