Women's March London: Crowds take to streets for 'Time's Up' rally against sexual harassment and gender inequality

Ella Wills
Women in London came together to march one year after demonstrations in response to Donald Trump's inauguration: Chris Wallace

Activists in London have taken to the streets to say "Time's Up" to issues including sexual harassment and the gender pay gap.

It comes after a series of marches across the globe as women in at least 34 countries were said to be taking to the streets over the weekend.

Speakers including women's rights activists Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, journalist and author Reni Eddo-Lodge, spoke at the event, which began at Richmond Terrace opposite Downing Street.

Hundreds of people carrying signs chanted "Time's up" after hearing speeches from figures including the great-granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

Heavy rain did not deter campaigners, some of whom wore pink "pussy hats" like those worn by women at protests at the start of Donald Trump's presidency in the US.

"It's this generation's responsibility to push for change," said social campaigner Dr Helen Pankhurst.

"It feels so powerful that it's one issue after another, one statement is built on by another, another woman speaks out, another man is made accountable for his actions.

"I truly hope I'll see equality in my lifetime."

Organisers of this year's rally in London urged people in the capital to not be afraid to "step up, show up and speak up" to end discrimination and oppression.

Protesters took to the streets in the latest of a weekend of demonstrations across the globe (Chris Wallace)

Women were joined by men and children to speak out on issues ranging from domestic violence to climate change.

"I think we are taking it for granted that women are abused," said Amna Abdullatif, a campaigner who spoke at the event.

"We need to be talking about it and educating our boys and girls on how to be safer and how to stop it."

Campaigners held signs with slogans such as "Women's rights = human rights" and "Keep crude oil in the ground and crude men out of office"

Hollywood stars joined thousands during the Women's March in LA (Getty Images)

It marked one year since the Women's March movement was ignited in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, seeing scores of protesters demonstrate in cities across the globe.

Now organisers called on people to come together to say "Time's Up" in honour of the #MeToo movement.

The poster urged activists and supporters to “stand side by side” to pledge to “make change in big and small ways”.

And the event information called on Londoners to speak out against issues including gender based violence, sexual harassment and abuse, bigotry and prejudice and the gender pay gap.

More than 8,000 people said they were interested in the event on Facebook, which began at 11am on Sunday.

Images shared on social media showed crowds of women gathered in the cold outside Downing Street with signs in support of the movement.

It came just hours after tens of thousands marched through New York, LA and Washington a year on from the US president Donald Trump's inauguration.

People marched against against Mr Trump's policies and in support of the #MeToo movement.

In Los Angeles, Scarlett Johansson praised the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment for bringing hope of equality.

Italian actress Asia Argento (third from left) attends the Rome Resists demonstration part of the Women's March (AFP/Getty Images)

She told an estimated 500,000 protesters how the Harvey Weinstein revelations led her to consider how she had been treated as a young actress.

The march in Washington DC had the feel of a political rally when Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, both Democrats, urged women to run for office and vote to oppose Trump and the Republicans' agenda.

"We march, we run, we vote, we win," Ms Pelosi said, to applause.

People marched against against Mr Trump's policies and in support of the #MeToo movement.

Demonstrations also took place in Rome, Sydney and Beijing, with planned protests in some 250 cities throughout the globe.

Activists in Rome were joined by Italian actress and director Asia Argento, who made headlines after alleging last year that she had been sexually assaulted by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in the 1990s.