Glastonbury 2016: Thursday – as it happened – The Guardian

Hundreds of women, many wearing the suffragette colours, stood together on the Park Stage to pay tribute to MP Jo Cox. Bridget McConville, who worked with Cox at the White Ribbon Alliance for three years, spoke to the vast crowd and said she would never forget the moment she heard the news of the fatal attack.

“It feels like the attack on Jo was an attack on all if us. Jo knew that women were not only at the sharp end of social injustice all over the world but that we are the solution to it. As a campaigner in the charity sector, even before she became an MP, she saw for herself how women particularly suffer in conflict and poverty, and how fast things can change for the better when their voices are heard.”

McConville highlighted the work that Jo had done to bring the ignored issues of maternal health to the attention of world leaders and organisations such as the UN. “Since then, the numbers of women dying in childbirth has halved, so that’s an extraordinary contribution of Jo’s,” she said.

“We believed she would be prime minister one day,” she added. “We think the best thing we can do in her memory is to continue to listen to the most marginalised people in our society.”

The gathered crowd, many of who were moved to tears by the speeches, were then invited to march to the women’s only venue, the Sisterhood stage at Shangri-La, in commemoration of Jo. Billy Bragg, who was also on stage, then led the crowd in singing civil rights protest song We Shall Overcome.


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