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International Women's Day Sees Annie Lennox, Paloma Faith And Gemma Arterton March With Suffragette's Descendants

08/03/2015 17:51 | Updated 09 March 2015

Hundreds of feminists have marched in London to demand equality for women on International Women's Day.

Celebrities leading the march included singers Annie Lennox, Paloma Faith and Made In Dagenham actress Gemma Arterton.

They were also joined by Dr Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, and Dr Pankhurst's 20-year-old daughter Laura.

Organisers said that at least 600 people had taken part.

Members of the crowd marched from near City Hall towards the Royal Festival Hall, with some dressed in Suffragette style.

  • Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    (left to right) Gemma Cairney, great-great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, Laura Pankhurst, Annie Lennox, the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst Dr Helen Pankhurst and Gemma Arterton take part in CARE International's Walk in Her Shoes march in central London, to mark International Women's Day.
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    (left to right) Gemma Arterton, Paloma Faith and the great-great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, Laura Pankhurst take part in CARE International's Walk in Her Shoes march in central London, to mark International Women's Day.
  • Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    (left to right) The great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst, Gemma Arterton and the great-great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, Laura Pankhurst take part in CARE International's Walk in Her Shoes march in central London, to mark International Women's Day.
  • Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    The great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst (left) and her daughter Laura take part in CARE International's Walk in Her Shoes march in central London, to mark International Women's Day.
  • Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    The great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst (left) and her daughter Laura take part in CARE International's Walk in Her Shoes march in central London, to mark International Women's Day.
  • Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    The great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst (left) and Gemma Arterton takes part in CARE International's Walk in Her Shoes march in central London, to mark International Women's Day.
  • Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    Gemma Arterton (left) and Paloma Faith takes part in CARE International's Walk in Her Shoes march in central London, to mark International Women's Day.
  • Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    Gemma Arterton (left) and Paloma Faith take part in CARE International's 'Walk in Her Shoes' march in central London, to mark International Women's Day.
  • Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    Paloma Faith takes part in CARE International's Walk in Her Shoes march in central London, to mark International Women's Day.
  • Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    Gemma Arterton takes part in CARE International's Walk in Her Shoes march in central London, to mark International Women's Day.
  • Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    Gemma Arterton takes part in CARE International's Walk in Her Shoes march in central London, to mark International Women's Day.
  • Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    Participants dressed in suffragette period costume take part in CARE International's Walk in Her Shoes march in central London, to mark International Women's Day.
  • Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
    Participants dressed in suffragette period costume take part in CARE International's Walk in Her Shoes march in central London, to mark International Women's Day.

Protesters carried banners with slogans calling for equal representation of men and women in Parliament.

Faith told the crowd gathered outside the Royal Festival Hall that her mother considered being at the march more of an achievement than her recent gong for best British female at the Brit awards.

The 33-year-old later told reporters: "It goes to show how important it is that women stand together and fight for each other's rights.

"Any one of the women over here could be any one of the women in a far-off land suffering from injustices.

"My mum was a child of the sixties and was one of the people who burned their bra and made a pact to herself never to be oppressed by a man in her life, and so wasn't.

"She has brought me up with those beliefs, so this is way more important to her than anything."

The singer added that she would have liked to see more men on the march.

"I think we have to acknowledge that women's rights are human rights and it would be really good to see men and women go hand in hand on these things, because we're all human," she said.

Dr Pankhurst said that the most important issues facing women are gender violence and the lack of women in power.

The 50-year-old said: "The statistics on sexism through to violence of the most appalling type are still just awful.

"The other side of that is women in power - we need women on the boards, we need women in Parliament, in all spheres of life to map and to show the world that a leadership with women involved in equal amounts will make a better world."

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