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Pankhursts lead International Women’s Day walk along SE1 riverside

Dr Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline - and her 20-year-old daughter Laura - led a mass walk along Bankside and the South Bank on Sunday to mark International Women's Day.

Pankhursts lead International Women’s Day walk along SE1 riverside
Laura Pankhurst, Helen Pankhurst and Annie Lennox at the head of the 'Walk in Her Shoes' procession
Pankhursts lead International Women’s Day walk along SE1 riverside
Dr Helen Pankhurst
Pankhursts lead International Women’s Day walk along SE1 riverside
Radio 4's Jane Garvey
Pankhursts lead International Women’s Day walk along SE1 riverside
Annie Lennox
Pankhursts lead International Women’s Day walk along SE1 riverside
Laura Bates of the 'Everyday Sexism' project

The 'Walk In Her Shoes' event – organised by the Care International charity – began at The Scoop at More London and ended at Southbank Centre's Women of the World festival.

At The Scoop amphitheatre BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour presenter Jane Garvey chaired a panel discussion featuring musician Annie Lennox, DJ Gemma Cairney, comedian Bridget Christie and Everyday Sexism project founder Laura Bates.

Helen Pankhurst said: "We're raising awareness and taking action against one of the unnecessary gendered shackles blighting the lives of women and girls around the world the gruelling chore of water collection, which in 2015 simply should not be holding girls back from education, and women from paid work."

She added: We are coming together in solidarity to celebrate progress made on women's rights and to galvanize for the road ahead.

"We do so in the time honoured tradition of a march, walking shoulder to shoulder, as a visible manifestation of a global conscience."

International development secretary Justine Greening also addressed the gathering at The Scoop.


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