Suffragettes across the nation fought for many years to win the vote - and the women who came after them haven’t stopped fighting for change ever since.
The suffragettes did more than simply gain women the vote – they helped set the stage for a century of change.
Last century’s suffragettes are today’s women human rights defenders. Every day they continue to harness their loud and passionate voices to empower communities, protect the vulnerable and create a fairer, more equal world.
Amnesty International campaigns to help protect women human rights defenders around the world – but you don’t need to travel thousands of miles to meet women fighting for justice, and equality.
In fact, there is probably a brave woman human rights defender living at your doorstep.
That’s why, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage in Britain, the Gazette, along with Amnesty, is calling upon readers to nominate the incredible women who are working to make a real difference in their local communities today.
You will know who they are – ordinary women from all walks of life doing extraordinary things.
They might have stood up to bullies, helped the homeless, aided refugees, campaigned for better access to healthcare.
They could have challenged bad business practices, worked to protect the environment, prevented forced evictions, or stood by you and fought for you when no one else would.
Whatever was thrown back at them, they were not afraid.
They won’t have done it for thanks or praise but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve it. Now is your chance to honour them.
The amazing achievements of these often-unsung heroes will be featured on Amnesty’s interactive Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain, which will launch on International Women’s day on 8 March.
So, over to you: Which 21st century suffragette deserves to be put firmly on the map?
To nominate an amazing North Devon woman, please visit www.amnesty.org.uk/suffragettespirit. All women must have carried out work to help others their local area within the last 10 years.
All successful nominees will be contacted to give consent prior to being placed on the Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain, a vital part of Amnesty’s global BRAVE campaign.
This campaign has been funded by People’s Postcode Lottery.