Does Brighton & Hove needs a statue?


C8j5XflXUAIlVi-In the last few weeks Manchester has unveiled this design of a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst to celebrate their cities historic link to the suffragette movement which has been commissioned to be completed in time for International Womens day 2019. Whilst the link between Brighton and Hove and the suffrage movement is not quite as significant as in Manchester, nevertheless we do have a meaningful history that would easily justify a monument of similar profile. It is vital that we encourage the Council and other public sector agencies to find ways of marking such historic connections so that each generation is reminded of what has been achieved as well as encouraged to continue to create change for future generations. The commitment by our city to promote equalities is well recognised but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. The plans for Disability Pride in July in New Road will help to ensure that all residents and visitors are made to feel welcome and it is vital this celebration is widely supported by the city. Over several decades the role of faith groups in our city has been downplayed and this is another area of equalities that should be recognised and celebrated, even if many of our residents do not share religious beliefs. We need to find ways of marking our past as well as focusing on what we want the future to look like.

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About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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