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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.

Today’s the day! The Women’s March on London joins the Women’s March on Washington alongside sister marches around the globe, for good.

Why march? In a world that is increasingly dominated by hard line agendas that threaten the precious rights, Emily Davison and campaigners from the past and present continue to strive for to make a fairer, more equal world, it’s vital that women and our allies march today and support each other – Shoulder to Shoulder. Today’s march is a symbol and it’s a beginning. It’s time to work together to create a positive narrative, for everyone.

Women’s voices will be heard. See you there! More information: Women’s March on London.
 


 
It’s been an unprecedented twelve months on many levels, so during this festive season, we have been reflecting on the changes, drawing on the fact that so many people felt their voices had not been previously heard, in order to develop our plans for the future, because democracy and equality matter.

On November 9th, I posted Toni Morrison’s bold and brave quotation, which I believe sums up what we should all strive for in this new era of post truth and fear mongering, just as those who campaigned for the right to vote when they faced unrelenting opposition.


 

Time to reflect, regroup, re-energise? Absolutely!

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.

Let’s choose Hope. Shoulder to Shoulder with you. Always.

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?

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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.

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.

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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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Emily matters champions and supports gender equality, focusing on how precious our democratic rights are and aims to ensure that legacies such as Emily Wilding Davison’s are not forgotten.

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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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Team #Emilymatters ran a highly successful #Votingmatters campaign in the lead up to the UK 2015 general election, which included Twitter chats, a voting matters Twibbon, speeches and events.

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Since 2015 Kate has given talks on voting matters all over the UK, including Bolton 6th Form College, Glasgow’s SiMY ProjectRoyal Holloway (where Emily Davison was once a student) and the House of Commons (For @RockingAWomen).

 

Emily matters | Voting matters | Equality matters

 

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Listening and valuing what others have to say is very much a a part of what we do. It matters to us that you are heard and not just at election time.

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Last summer we created a new #Emilymatters performance for the first Woman Up! London festival, which included scenes from To Freedom’s Cause as well as the #DearLauren voting matters campaign.

 

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This performance marked a new development in the campaign, building on our social media engagement by bringing live interactive work direct to groups and organisations.

 

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The material also included a new Emily Davison speech drawn from her writings, which premiered at the inaugural meeting of the York branch of the Women’s Equality Party in August 2015.

 

To be a suffragette takes courage, but the prize of equality is our pearl. We are feminists and our noble struggle is for generations yet unborn.
– Emily Davison, To Freedom’s Cause

 

With the worldwide popularity of the ‘Suffragette’ film, it’s great to see that voting and women’s rights very much on the agenda. Which is where they need to be if we are to affect further meaningful change.

There is still so much to be done, but it is also important to celebrate the progress made so far.

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You’ll find us all over social media:

If equality and voting matter to you, please get in touch as we’re planning new collaborative creative projects!

Kate Willoughby

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It’s time to Step Up | Vote | Lead

 

 

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