The first International Women’s Day events were run in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911 and attended by over one million women and men all demanding the right for women to vote, hold public office, work and have equal pay.
Annie says: “A lot has changed since 1911, but there is still a long way to go. Gender inequality continues to permeate all sectors of society, from health and education to politics, employment and culture. Women are extraordinary but we’ve never been taught to fully value ourselves. There are so many things we can do if we grasp the nettle and just do it. All you need is the power and the strength of belief in yourself.”
To mark International Women’s Day Annie will be leading a Join Me On The Bridge march which is a mass march across London’s Millennium Bridge. Women from different backgrounds including Afghan women, refugee women, British MPs and musicians will call for peace and ask for support for women in war-torn countries.
You can watch online: Annie Lennox on The Alan Titchmarsh Show which starts 16.58 on the player: https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/video/?Filter=220050
For anyone who cannot view the video, we have uploaded it in HD to YouTube below.