Million Women Rise – Group Award Winner – 2015

Million Women Rise (MWR) is a movement made up of thousands of women who are united by outrage at the continued daily, hourly, minute-by-minute individual and institutionalised male violence enacted against women worldwide. They believe that every woman and child has a right to live free from violence and that ongoing violence devastates not only the lives of the individuals directly affected but also the communities of which they are part of. They work to highlight the continuation of all forms of violence against women.

MWR activities are predominantly based in London, England. Their volunteers have facilitated regional actions and activities throughout Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England. They have organised an annual march in London every year for the last 8 years, which brings many women together to raise their voices and highlight violence that impacts on the lives of many women. They have held activities across the region to raise the issues of the impact of violence on the lives of women; they hold vigils in remembrance of women who have been murdered and are affected by male violence in the UK and around the world.