Million Women Rise is a coalition of women united in outrage at the individual and institutionalized violence committed against women, particularly women of color and other minority women, across the globe. The coalition is formed from the voluntary and community sectors in the United Kingdom.
Million Women Rise presents ten demands to UK government and society (abbrev.): 1) To acknowledge the discrimination faced by all women, particular women of color, 2) To adopt a broad definition of violence against women that includes domestic abuse, rape, and commercial s ex exploitation, 3) To support the women’s non profit sector, 4) To support EVAW, ECPAT, and to adopt a cross-governmental strategy addressing violence against women, 5) To abolish the ‘no recourse’ requirement for abused women with insecure immigration status, 6) To provide special support to trafficked women and children, 7) To commit to changing public attitudes and behaviors towards women, 8) To hold the media accountable for misrepresentation and misappropriation, 9) T o recognize the effect of global war and conflict on women and children, and 10) To make International Women’s Day a national holiday.
The coalition works to achieve these goals through a program of prevention, provision, and protection. One of the coalition’s largest projects is the annual Million Women Rise march and rally on International Women’s Day in London. The march is fully organized by grassroots activists and has no corporate ties. The first Million Women Rise march was organized in 2007 by MWR founder Sabrina Quereshi.