Protesters marched through Bristol on the evening of International Women’s Day to call for an end to gendered violence in the UK.
Meeting at College Green at 6pm yesterday (Tuesday, March 8), demonstrators took to the city’s streets alongside groups in Cardiff, London, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Plymouth. The mobilisation was part of the ‘We Want To Live’ movement campaigning for a world free from violence towards women.
In Bristol, women were pictured holding signs saying: “Men of quality don’t fear equality” and “Women are power”. Another references the rights of sex workers, saying: “Sex worker’s rights are womens [sic] rights.”
Organisers of the march, Bristol Feminist Collective, work towards ending violence against women. They thanked those who attended Tuesday evening’s demonstration.
“Thank you so much all of you for showing up tonight! It was such a positive and powerful protest and we’re so proud to stand alongside you all,” organisers said in a statement on Facebook.
Demonstrators paused outside Bridewell Police Station in a poignant message one year on from the tragic death of Sarah Everard who died at the hands of a police officer. Chants of ‘let us live’ were repeated by the crowd.
The final stop of the march ended at Pryzm nightclub on Canon’s Road to demonstrator against spiking incidents in Bristol clubs over the past year. Scroll down the gallery below to see images from the demonstration (all pictures by Matthew Phillip Long).