Excitement and activity levels are going through the roof in the Women for Women International UK office this week in the build up to International Women's Day and the Join me on the Bridge campaign. After months of hard work we can't wait to see all the amazing Bridge events going on around the world, and the different ways our supporters have found to celebrate and support the work of women peace-builders. This year marks the third anniversary of the campaign and we are convinced it is going to be the biggest, brightest and best year yet.
Everyone in the UK office will be heading down to Millennium Bridge at 10:30am on 8th March to take part in our flagship London event, and we have plenty of activities and entertainment ready to share with you all. Here is a little sneak peek at what you can look forward to on the day:
Sash Making – We will be showing off our own homemade sashes as well as helping you create your own to wear on the march over Millennium Bridge. The suffragettes made sashes their trademark when they campaigned for the vote for women over 100 years ago, and we are following in their footsteps as we wear our sashes to call for peace and equality for women around the world. You can make your sash as bright and colourful or as sombre and serious as you like, we have started collecting some sash inspiration on our Pinterest page if you need a bit of help.
Face Painting – Get creative and paint a symbol of support on your face! It could be a dove, a women for women logo, a peace sign, or anything else you can come up with – we will have plenty of supplies to help unleash your inner artist.
Music & Singing – All girl choir Gaggle are composing a special Bridge March song for the day which we all be singing at the top of our voices as we march over the bridge and into the Southbank Centre. We will also have music before and during the march, so don't forget your dancing shoes!
Balloons – We have got loads of bio-degradable balloons ready for everyone to release when we arrive at the Southbank. We will release them together to symbolise the sending of hope and support to the women we are standing with around the world on March 8th.
Celebrities & Speakers – We have a whole host of speakers and celebrities lined up to inspire, educate and amuse you. This year we are thrilled to include Andrew Mitchell MP, Cherie Blair QC and Laura & Helen Pankhurst amongst our line-up for the day.
But the best part of this event by far will be the meaning it has to the women we work with in war afflicted countries. We are told frequently by women participating in our programmes that the support they receive through letters, and the solidarity they feel through events like Join me on the Bridge, mean more to them than they can ever say. Let these women know that they are not alone, and that you are with them in their fight for peace and equality by coming along to our London Bridge event on March 8th.
Lots of you have already signed up on our website and confirmed you are attending, and plenty more will be turning up on the day. The event is open to absolutely everyone so we encourage you to spread the word and bring along as many friends, family and work colleagues as you can. Details of the event, including timing and directions, can be found here.
If you can't make London there are plenty of other events around the UK, Europe and the rest of the world to choose from, you can find a full list here. And if you can't make any of these you can still support the campaign by donating, fundraising or sharing your message of peace with one of our programme participants.
We are so excited about this year's campaign, and can't wait to meet lots of you at Millennium Bridge on March 8th. See you there!