On a sunny Monday hundreds of women met on London’s Millennium Bridge to show their solidarity with women around the world on International Women’s Day.
They were joined with thousands of other women in more than 100 Join Me on the Bridge events in 18 different countries around the globe.
From Sudan, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United States women came together to show that they build the bridges to peace and development.
They also remembered those women in other countries who were not able to meet on bridges due to the insecurity and for fear for their lives.
Watch a video of what happened in London:
In the last 100 years, since International Women’s Day was first celebrated, a great deal has changed for many women. But for those in developing countries change has not been so swift with an estimated 70% of people living in poverty being female.
In 1910, when International Women’s Day was established, 355 women per 100,000 live births died as a direct result of childbirth or pregnancy-related causes in England and Wales. Today the number of maternal deaths stands at around 14 per 100,000 across the UK.
Meanwhile recent figures show that in developing countries an average of 450 women per 100,000 live births die in childbirth.
By joining other women on the bridge on Monday we showed our commitment to change this.
P.S. If you weren’t able to take part in an event you can still join the Join me on the Bridge campaign and show your government that you want them to invest in women.
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