On Wednesday 18th of April, a group of DG students from the Feminist Society were lucky enough to visit City Hall to join an event marking 100 years since some British women secured the vote. The event, hosted by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, was joined by the Prime Ministers of New Zealand and Canada, Jacinda Arden and Justin Trudeau, who Khan described as two of the world's leading feminists.
In front of an 60-strong audience selected from just three London secondary schools, all three inspirational figures gave fantastic speeches and then answered questions in a genuinely engaging and thought-provoking manner that is not seen by other worldwide leaders. The event made national and international news, with some of our students even appearing on BBC London News later that day.
Following this once-in-a-lifetime experience, we then went to visit the Houses of Parliament, for a tour and workshop on campaigning, which was based on the Suffragettes, a group of people who fought tirelessly for the vote for women and succeeded exactly 100 years ago this year. The Suffragettes were the pioneers of feminism, and are owed an awful lot by us for the democratic equality that they created.
The fight for 100% gender equality is far from over, and feminism is more relevant today than it has ever been. The whole day demonstrated that young people need, more than ever, to experience amazing events like this and become engaged in politics and campaigning for full equality in society.