London Mayor Sadiq Khan delivered a powerful message to President Donald Trump during CARE International’s annual #March4Women.
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On 4 March, thousands of women and men took to the streets of London to demand an end to the gender-based discrimination and violence that is still present in our society – and across the world – as part of Care International’s #March4Women.
And, in a powerful speech, London Mayor Sadiq Khan once again reminded womankind that he is dedicated to the feminist cause.
Stepping up on to the stage, Khan announced that he had three very simple facts to share with the crowd.
“One, my name is Sadiq Khan,” he stated.
“Two, I am the mayor of London. And three, unlike the President of the United States, I am a proud feminist!”
Khan continued: “It is an honour to walk in the footsteps of the women and men who fought for women’s suffrage, retracing their protest route from Parliament to Trafalgar Square. This year, more than ever, we need to take stock of how much there is left to do to tackle the huge inequalities women still face.
“Gender equality is not just a fight for women and girls, it is important for all of us to step up. As a proud feminist in City Hall, I’m committed to doing everything I can to remove the barriers to success women in London face today.
“This year and beyond, through my #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, I will be encouraging Londoners to celebrate the women of all backgrounds who make London the greatest city in the world as well as working with the capital’s leading industries to support real positive change. I want London to not only be the best city in the world to be a woman, I want it to be a trailblazer in fighting gender inequality in all its shapes and forms.”
Quoting feminist hero Malala Yousafzai, Khan added: “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”
The mayor then went on to reveal some very exciting news: he has commissioned a new statue of Millicent Fawcett to stand alongside the likes of Nelson Mandela and Ghandi in Parliament Square.
“London will be a beacon to the rest of the country and the rest of the world,” he said pointedly, “and we will win the fight for gender equality.”
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