Women Rise Against the Cuts for International Women’s Day
On Saturday 10th March at 1pm, Brighton groups Women Against the Cuts and Feminist Brighton will surprise and intrigue passers by with a flash mob style poetry performance outside Jubilee Library.
The mass recital of Maya Angelou’s poem ‘Still I Rise’ is a fitting anthem to women’s creativity, determination and achievements, which are celebrated around the world on International Women’s Day – 8th March.
The event will also highlight the Coalition Government’s cuts and their disproportionate impact on women. Evidence now shows the Government’s assault on public services and benefits is now actually reversing women’s equality in the UK. Women are likely to be hardest hit – suffering 72% of the cuts. Women’s employment has been rising (in contrast to men’s) with female unemployment now at a 23-year high.
Brighton-based poet, Evlynn Sharp, said “Women’s solidarity and resistance have been demonstrated throughout history. The inspirational poem we have chosen to perform reminds us that this is more powerful than a thousand cuts”.
Notes to editors
- For further information on the performance or to arrange interviews with the organisers, contact Ali Ghanimi: mobile 07958 667927 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brighton & Hove Women Against the Cuts is a group of local women who have come together to take action against the Coalition Government cuts and highlight their impact. According to the Gender Audit of the Budget, women will bear the brunt by more than two thirds (Source: 2010, House of Commons Library). Website: http://bhwac.wordpress.com
- Feminist Brighton is an activist and discussion group inspired by debate and action for gender equality and feminist struggle. We hold fortnightly meetings along with social gatherings. We are a friendly bunch and welcome new people to join us. Website: https://feministbrighton.wordpress.com