WOMEN'S MARCH LONDON, 2018

Actress and all round Damn Rebel Bitch, Ellen Patterson, writes about her experience at the Women’s March in London.

A year ago today hundreds of men, women and children gathered to stand against the election of a sexist and racist candidate to one of the most powerful positions in the world. That day I was far from London, but I followed the event on social media from South Africa and I could feel the determination and drive for change. It was clear that the year ahead would be a big one. In the past twelve months, incredible progress has been made with thousands of women fighting tirelessly to have their voices heard through campaigns such as #MeToo. Some people thought this might be ‘a flash in the pan,’ something that would blow over sooner or later (for many preferably sooner.) Today ,outside 10 Downing Street we made sure people wouldn’t make that mistake again. From baby bitches to lady bitches and many fabulous male bitches, voices rang over London to tell the world that time is up. Time is up on sexual harassment and abuse, on gender based bias, on bigotry and prejudice, on racism, Islamophobia, transphobia and homophobia. Time is up on anyone being made to feel anything other than proud to be in their own body. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu triumphed over the elements as she led our voices thundering through the snow and the rain, introducing inspiring speaker after inspiring speaker. The air shook with resolve as we stood together in support of our sisters. We stood with our sisters in Poland who are told they cannot choose what they do with their body, our sisters in Sierra Leone forced to live in fear of abuse, our sisters in India who disappear day after day, our sisters in Ethiopia who are mutilated without remorse, our sisters in Ireland who have to leave their country to access medical services, our sisters in the United Kingdom being pressured to conform to a binary gender norm. To our sisters across the world of every race, religion, culture and sexuality today we tell you loud and clear – WE STAND WITH YOU.

As I lowered my frozen fist, with mascara streaming down my face and watched the rain-streaked placards march into the distance, I felt pride on a whole new level – this was damn rebel pride. No one could have been in any doubt that this was a fight that was not losing momentum any time soon and that the year ahead is destined be one that can, should and I hope will change the world. From the wonderful people from Bloody Good Period to Helen Pankhurst, the great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, the crowd today represented a global movement hell-bent on creating greater equality. A world where every bitch can be who they want to be.

#timesup

Photography by: SNY Photography 

“I have been brought up by women, most of the most important relationships I have in my life are with females. My Mum, my Gran and my Aunty. I have watched my wee sister grow up and I have blagged a wonderful girlfriend. I have young nieces and nephews, little minds still free of the inequality facing millions today.”