A demonstration organised by Sisters Uncut will take place outside Churchill Square shopping centre today, Thursday, March 8, at 5.30pm, marking International Women’s Day. Sisters Uncut is a feminist direct action group who hit the international headlines in October 2015 when they stormed the red carpet at the premiere of film Suffragette to protest cuts to domestic violence services.
I feel incredibly privileged to live in a country where such action is both possible and spontaneous. I know there are many sensible arguments including some made by those close to me, that such action does little, perhaps it is even a waste of time. I disagree. When the democratic election protest throws up an alternative result to the one hoped for, it’s a wonderful thing to see thousands of people, all over the world pour onto the street and use their voices, their actual voices to call for a different choice, another way.