#WASPI Demo in London on the SUFFRAGETTE ANNIVERSARY - 29th June 1909 - 2016
In 1909, the women's Suffrage movement marched to Parliament to present a petition to PM Asquith.
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Derbyshire WASPI Women Replicate Suffragettes to Take Protest to the Heart of Government
Mass Women’s Demonstration on 29th June – Houses of Parliament LONDON
Event coincides with Suffragettes Marching on Parliament, 29th June 1909
Women from Derbyshire are among the national Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) Campaign, participating in a demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in London, on the 29th June.
The 29th June event coincides with the 1909 anniversary of Emmeline Pankhurst marching to Parliament with hundreds of Suffragettes, to present a petition to Prime Minister Asquith.
The WASPI event will take place outside the Houses of Parliament, where a Mass Choir of 200 women – joined by MPs – will gather to sing the WASPI anthem.
The event aims to highlight to the wider public the hardship and unfairness suffered by women born in the 1950s, on or after the 6th April 1951, as a result of the Government’s alterations to the State Pension Age (SPA) and, in particular, the lack of notice given to the changes, by the Department for Work and Pensions.
WASPI does not object to the increase in the women’s SPA, but represents a cohort of women who have been unfairly disadvantaged by the speed of the increase, compounded by the absence of notice provided by successive Governments. In many cases, this has resulted in enormous hardship, with devastating consequences.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
Gather at Houses of Parliament from 12:00
· Massed WASPI Choir on College Green from 12:30 onwards
· MPs to join WASPI at 12:45
· Press call at 13:00
· Mass lobby of MPs from 14:00
For more information, visit www.waspi.co.uk
Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) is an Action Group, conceived in April 2015, by five ordinary women who had been personally affected by the changes to the State Pension Age instigated by the 1995 and 2011 Pensions Acts.
The Group’s focus is to raise awareness about and to campaign over the unfair changes to the State Pension Age imposed on women born in the 1950's, specifically since the 5th April 1951.
As a direct result of WASPI’s lobbying and reach, there here have been four Parliamentary debates that have added more pressure on the Government. The support WASPI has garnered from MPs of all parties has been very encouraging.
The media has also covered the Campaign extensively and there have been numerous articles written in local papers, regional and national TV. Local and national radio stations have also featured the campaign in phone-ins and debates.
WASPI is in regular contact with members of the Shadow Cabinet, the SNP and Conservative MPs. This has resulted in the formation of an All Party Parliamentary Group, comprising MPs from all sides, to discuss the issue in more detail.
WASPI has also been invited to meet with Pensions Minister Baroness Ros Altmann. Subject to diary availability, this meeting is likely to take place prior to the end of June 2016.