I AM...

Helen Pankhurst

I AM...

Helen Pankhurst

Inside the world of Dr Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, and great-granddaughter of Emmeline

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Inside the world of Dr Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, and great-granddaughter of Emmeline

  • I am going... and coming, always, between my homes in Hertfordshire and in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Two very different worlds but I am rooted and have family in both places.

  • I am reading... Poems That Make Grown Women Cry, edited by Anthony and Ben Holden. I contributed my own very poignant poem for this book (I Am by John Clare), but I now get to read the comments and poems selected by 99 others.

  • I am loving... listening to the radio as I write this – we are so very lucky to have the BBC, such a brilliant broadcasting service... and one that I can listen to both here and in Ethiopia. My house in Addis is also a special place for me, as it’s where I grew up, my room being the one that my grandmother Sylvia used to live in.

  • I am watching... a black squirrel frolicking in the garden. Black squirrels are a melanistic subgroup of grey squirrels, and some of them live near my home in the UK. Squirrels seem to combine fun and purpose when you look at what they are up to.

  • I am wearing… an ever alternating range between scruffy clothes at home and formal clothes for public events. This includes dressing up as an Edwardian suffragette – in homage and as a reminder that there is still so much to do, globally, in the fight for women’s rights. 

  • I am eating...very healthy food, lots of vegetables fruit and nuts... and chocolate. I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2013 so the choices have a lot to do with keeping healthy post-chemo and radiotherapy treatment... and the chocolate is a delightful indulgence.

  • I am using... well, learning to use, the power of social media. I’m fascinated and excited by its potential to connect people, galvanise movements, and ultimately change the world for the better. You can find me on twitter @helenpankhurst.

  • I am trying... through my work with CARE International, to improve access to clean water and sanitation services in Ethiopia, and other countries, where women and girls walk miles daily to collect water for their families. It’s a specific gendered shackle that should be unacceptable in the 21st Century.

  • I am excited... about leading CARE’s Walk In Her Shoes rally and mass walk on 6th of March, celebrating Mothers’ Day and in advance of International Women’s Day.  Hundreds of wonderful feminists including Annie Lennox, Bianca Jagger, Bridget Christie, Leyla Hussein, Natasha Walter, Romola Garai, David Arnold, Sarah Gavron, Emma Barnett many more will be taking part. Please join us!

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