Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day. A lot of posts have been shared but this one struck me as the most powerful. Jess Phillips, the brilliant Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, read out the names of every woman murdered since International Women's Day last year.

Violence against women is real. It is in our communities. It affects people of all ages, all backgrounds, all income levels, right across the UK. Violence against women has to stop, but we can't stop it if we don't identify it as a problem and an issue that blights our society.

I want my little sisters to grow up in a world free from violence. To do that, we need to challenge the causes of violence against women and remember all those who have died.

This is a post I hope you share because each of these women's names that Jess reads out is a person, with a family, with hopes and dreams, with feelings and each and everyone of them was taken from us by violence. It sickens me. I'm frustrated I can't do more but what I can do is share this speech and spread remembrance of these women and their lives.

So, for International Women's Day I am remembering the women killed since the last International Women's Day. And I thank Jess Phillips for standing up and giving voice to their lives. 

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