I thought the new route for this year was a good idea - out of the square, on to Oxford Street and then down Regent Street and through Piccadilly Circus. It really impacted all the people out doing their shopping and there were loads of appreciative/interested passers-by. I was pleased to note that i didn't see anyone being abusive although there were plenty of people smirking, which you can always expect, sad as that is. We certainly made a lot of noise with our whistles, chants, singing, drumming and shouting and the atmosphere as we arrived at the rally was fantastic.
Despite the cold I stayed to listen to some really inspiring speakers. Some of the stories they told were horrifying but this just emphasised what we marched for, what we were shouting about. At a time when shocking research about peoples' attitudes towards violence against women has been all over the news, the speeches gave everyone a lot to think about. Women from all over the world spoke, gave support and sent their messages for others to read out. The organisers and stewards did a brilliant job and deserve a lot of credit.