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Pension campaigners came together on Mother’s Day

PUBLISHED: 22:14 11 March 2018 | UPDATED: 22:26 11 March 2018

WASPI campaigners attended at event at Gressenhall. Photo: Pension Action in Norfolk

WASPI campaigners attended at event at Gressenhall. Photo: Pension Action in Norfolk

Pension Action in Norfolk

Members of Pension Action in Norfolk WASPI group attended a Mother’s Day event held at Gressenhall Museum in recognition of International Women’s Day.

The workhouse setting was a fitting platform for the WASPI campaign, said organisers, as many of its members said they “have been forced into poverty having been denied the pension they are entitled to at the age they had been led to expect they would receive it”.

WASPI spokesperson Lynn Nicholls said: “We are proud to be sharing the event with the other organisations and charities here who are striving to make a difference for the lives of women here and abroad.

“It’s easy for women to feel invisible, and we women in our 60s can easily feel like grey shadows of our younger selves. Our mothers and grandmothers didn’t have the many advantages that 21st century women have and we are paying our respects to the brave suffragettes who fought so hard to achieve the vote for women.

“We WASPI women have the fight of our lives for our state pensions. Over three million women are affected, 45,000 in Norfolk, having to wait up to six extra years to reach the state pension age.

“Many women only found out just as they approached what they thought would be their retirement age at 60. We are asking for some transitional help to get us through the extra six-year wait most of us now have that we were not expecting.

“We are not against coming into line with men’s state pension age, but it hasn’t been introduced in a fair way and the WASPI women are the ones bearing the burden of the changes without any help.

“So, as our fight for justice for our state pensions goes on, we salute women all around the world who are standing up for their independence, breaking down barriers, and striving to make the world a better place. As the suffragettes said ‘together stronger’.“

If you would like more information about WASPI, or the local group in Norfolk, visit www.pensionactionnorfolk.wixsite.com/pain or the Facebook page Pension Action In Norfolk.

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