Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson joins Camden in celebrating International Women’s Day

16:06 12 March 2014

Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson with Selma James  from Global Women’s Strike at the Crossroads Women's Centre in Kentish Town

Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson with Selma James from Global Women’s Strike at the Crossroads Women's Centre in Kentish Town


Residents across Hampstead and Highgate brought a message of equality and solidarity to the fore on Saturday as they celebrated International Women’s Day.

Standing with communities across the world, dozens of women’s groups, schools and religious congregations gathered to pay homage to the economic, political and social achievements of women, and to raise awareness of the struggles many continue to face all around the world.

A festival full of workshops, panel discussions and interactive debates took over the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage.

With several theatre groups taking part, performance pieces explored the pursuit of “body perfection” among young girls, the discrimination faced by the lesbian community, and the “valiant yet unspoken” experiences of women during wartime.

“It’s great to celebrate how far women have come over the centuries but equally important is to recognise how much more work needs to be done,” said Eve Garrett, a student and one of the organisers.

“On the surface it may look like equality across the genders exists, but reality suggests otherwise.”

Marking the struggles faced by women outside the UK, the Crossroads Women’s Centre in Wolsey Mews, Kentish town, held a fundraiser for Haiti.

Themed around “women’s resistance to occupation and repression”, the evening raised more than £1,500.

Despite becoming one of the first countries to liberate itself from slavery, those attending heard the rampant economic and social inequality still suffered by Haitian women and the “rape epidemic” that followed the 2010 earthquake.

World-renowned poet and reggae artist Linton Kwesi Johnson read a number of poems focusing on the impact of neo-colonialism in the Caribbean.

“We were delighted to have someone like Linton at the centre – he’s a great example of the kind of man we all want in the world,” said Sara Callaway, of Crossroads.

“Women in Haiti, like many around the world, do much of the survival work in the community, and that’s who we wanted to champion.”


Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 16:26

Controversial plans to build a 10-storey “big ugly block” of luxury flats in Hampstead were last night waved through by Camden Council.

Yesterday, 07:00

A row has broken out over plans to dig out a basement car park and swimmming pool next to Hampstead Heath.

Thu, 17:15

A heritage campaigner has told of his devastation after he watched raiders ransack a disused pub that he fought to preserve.

Thu, 15:45

A historic red phone box in Highgate Village could soon be a tiny office space, complete with printing, scanning, copying and wifi

Thu, 11:00

Camden parents were forced to pay a total of £20,000 in school fines in the last year, new figures have revealed.

Thu, 07:08

This year’s Hampstead Christmas Festival has been called off, the Ham&High can reveal.

Wed, 19:00

The vicar believes the flags were taken down on both occasions as part of a targeted ‘homophobic attack’ on his church’s open and inclusive values

Wed, 17:39

Women have been warned to be vigilant when using the Black Path in West Hampstead after a lone female was sexually attacked in broad daylight on Saturday afternoon.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news


Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now