Campaigners mark International Women’s Day

LAUNCH Cllr Cheryl Buggy
LAUNCH Cllr Cheryl Buggy
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DOZENS of men and women are to build a ‘bridge of peace’ at an event calling for an end to violence against women.

Portsmouth’s branch of the White Ribbon Group is hosting the Join Me On The Bridge event at City Quay Bridge in Gunwharf Quays to mark International Women’s Day.

People are invited to write the name of a woman who inspires them on a white ribbon and tie it to the bridge, and pictures of inspiring women through the ages will be on display.

A minute’s silence and a service will be held to remember women who have lost their lives to violence, and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Cheryl Buggy will release 200 white balloons to mark the occasion.

Speakers at the event will include Charlie Dacke from Solent Feminist Network and a representative from the Crown Prosecution Service.

Students from the choir at Mayville High School in St Simon’s Road, Southsea, will perform Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Domestic violence survivor Kirsty Mellor, who is chairwoman of the White Ribbon Group’s Portsmouth branch, said: ‘Yes, it’s about ending violence against women, but it’s about men and women working together.

‘Men can be part of the problem but they can also be part of the solution and this is about us standing together.’

The event runs from 5pm tomorrow.