White Ribbon Alliance

Toyin Saraki, Peter Fisher and midwives Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Felicity Ukoko

Get up stand up

April 2, 2015
By Brigid McConville, Director of Media and Outreach, White Ribbon Alliance Mayfair, London - More than 60 supporters and champions of White Ribbon Alliance attended an event held at the residence of Babli Sharma and her husband, the Commonwealth Secretary General on February 25th, 2015. Other guests included representatives from embassies of countries WRA has a National Alliance, doctors, midwives, and loyal supporters.

Human Rights Officer, Yemen Embassy Appropriately named ‘Get Up, Stand Up', the event aimed to introduce and promote White Ribbon Alliance’s support of IPPF’s I Decide campaign, a global campaign calling on world leaders to put reproductive health and gender rights at the center of the new Millennium Development Goals. The message behind the campaign is simple: people should have the right to decide- where they live, who they live with, when they marry, and how many children they have. White Ribbon Alliance, in collaboration with IPPF, aims to raise awareness about the denial of rights to women and girls around the world and promote gender equality.

Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés while performers and Champions read poems and passages aloud reflecting the night’s themes of peoples’ rights and standing up for one’s rights. WRA Champion and actor, Diana Quick inspired guests by reading poems of empowerment written by Maya Angelou. Likewise, Champion Dr. Penelope Law read from Amelia Earnhart’s biography, The Last Flight, echoing the female aviator’s unwavering spirit and courage to expand possibilities for women of the time. Actor, Joseph Mydell read “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, and champion Peter Serafinowicz performed a lighthearted piece by Caitlin Moran titled “My Posthumous Letter for my Daughter”.

At the end of the evening guests pledged their support to the I Decide campaign to stand up for the rights of women and girls around the world.

For more information and to sign the I Decide petition, please visit ippf.org/iecide.