When did thousands of women last hold protest marches in the UK? Is there any issue they feel passionate about which would spur them into this kind of protest?
I ask this question following the outraged women of Italy who did just that recently throughout their country. They made their moral stand against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi by marching through 60 towns and cities.Â Smaller protests were also heldÂ in Brussels, Madrid, Lisbon, Paris, Lyon and Toulouse in France, and as far afield as Tokyo. But not in Britain.
Italy might be renowned for its hot blooded Latin lovers and Casanova, but these women made it clear they were outraged by the ridicule their country was facing as a result of Berlusconi’s recent sex scandals.Â Some women carried banners reading “Italy is not a brothel”, and said Berlusconi had demeaned women with his recent sex scandals. He now faces charges of under-age sex with Karima El Mahroug, aged 17, (pic)Â and abusing his position of power. Do we have that kind of fire in our bellies here?
We’ve witnessedÂ protests on our streets from country lovers and students, lorry drivers and climate change activists – but no sole groups of women. These Latin women who don’t just sit and complain, but take action. Their inspiration is timely with the forthcoming 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on 8 March.
Please read the link on this page to learn about its history, how it all began in 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. Our fight still goes on today for flexible women’s working hours, and in some cases for equal pay.
So again, I ask, what would make you take to the streets in protest?