A small group turned up at Sheffield Town Hall today for Women’s Day of Action Rally, organised by SheFest. Speakers included Natalie Bennett, former leader of the Green Party, Labour MP Louise Haigh and Annalisa from Our Mel, a Sheffield festival celebrating black culture.
Despite the snow, we were there. As SheFest said 2017 was a year of female activism and the activism and fight for equality needs to continue. I decided last year that it was time to do more, to learn more, to turn up (even if it’s snowing), to speak the truth, to not just stand there, complicit, when others discriminate against each other.
I didn’t know where to start, but Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark is a good book to help you to see that it only takes a few people who want change, to start a movement. There may not have been many people who attended the rally today, but next time, I intend to bring a friend, I intend to share the messages from the speakers, I intend to be part of the few who turn up, who listen, who share – sometimes that’s all we can do.
I didn’t take many pics because it was snowing/raining but I have a few, including one of Louise Haigh talking and Natalie Bennett supporting her. Here are two women who have campaigned against each other, but have come together to support this cause, as Louise said: “It’s so important that women support women.”
Annalisa from Our Mel
MP Louise Haigh and Natalie Bennett