#Emilymatters

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Through drama and creativity we help empower young people to use their voice and be heard.

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#Emilymatters is a social media campaign to support and advance gender equality, particularly focusing on the importance of voting.

From the House of Commons to the Scottish Independence Referendum the 2015 General Election and the EU Referendum, #Emilymatters was there.

Much of the campaign and future project is about bringing people together, to celebrate how far we have come and through drama and creativity helping to empower a new generation to use their voice and be heard.

 

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#VOTE100 ANNIVERSARY YEAR

Kate Willoughby, as Emily Davison at the FIWAL 2018 Conference. Photo: Stephanie Cheong, Studeo M Ltd.

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The 6th February 2018 marked 100 years since (some) women and all men got the right to vote (Representation of the People Act).

We have developed an interactive and empowering outreach project tailored to this Vote 100 year of celebrations.

As part of the February anniversary, we were involved in a series of events and media outreach, including a special podcast in honour of the Representation of the People Act with historian Dan Snow and a performance of the women at the heart of #Emilymatters, suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, as part of the UK wide launch of the Civil Service’s Vote 100 celebrations and suffrage flag relay.

 

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In addition, we are busy planning new creative projects for later this year and we would love you keep you posted about what #Emilymatters does next!

It’s fantastic that a series of statues will be unveiled as part of the Vote 100 year. But why stop there?

Let’s create a powerful living legacy that has a positive ripple effect from one generation to the next.

We would love you to get involved!

 

🗳 Your vote is powerful and fragile.

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🗳️ Your voice matters. And not just at election time.

Voting is your hard won right, your birthright. It’s a precious gift that in some parts of the world today people still risk their lives to use.

Don’t let anyone silence you. But most of all, please don’t silence yourself. We are all equal at the ballot box, we all have one vote – if we register.

There is talk of another general election in the next few months, so if you haven’t already registered or if you are moving this summer, please do make sure you have registered.  ℹ️ www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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To all friends, known and unknown of the #Emilymatters campaign, never forget that no matter the disappointments or the setbacks, our direction is forwards – with love.

Emily Davison and her sister suffragettes are willing us on. It is our choice whether or not to further their noble cause.

I would like to reach out, to begin looking at ways of mutually encouraging and supporting other creative endeavours beyond borders and walls. Early days, but given that Toni Morrison’s inspirational call to action is clearly resonating, please do get in touch.

If the suffragettes were able to actively support their sisters’ endeavours across the UK, Europe, the USA and beyond, then why can’t we?

Kate Willoughby
Actor, Writer & Creative Director of #Emilymatters

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Since the launch in 2009 of ‘To Freedom’s Cause’, a highly-acclaimed play written by Kate Willoughby, highlighting the important legacy of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, a woman who gave her life in the pursuit of equal voting rights for women, the Emily matters campaign has gone from strength to strength, attracting more than 4,000 followers on Twitter, using the hashtag #Emilymatters.

 

With high profile supporters including Dr Helen Pankhurst (great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst), BBC Radio 4 ‘Woman’s Hour’ presenter Jane Garvey, noted feminist campaigners Yas Necati and Emily Thornberry MP, the movement has seen action in the Houses of Parliament, addressing the need to tackle the issue of gender equality at a national and international level.

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#Emilymatters event included a performance included a performance of ‘To Freedom’s Cause’ & a debate chaired by Jane Garvey with Chi Onwurah MP, Dr Helen Pankhurst, Yas Necati & Emma Barnett.

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Emily matters seeks to give a voice to those who are still fighting for freedom’s cause; to vote, to speak freely, to be equal.

 

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