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Industry unites for month-long campaign recognising pioneering women

The three biggest regional publishers in the United Kingdom have joined forces to mark the 100th anniversary of the suffrage movement.

Johnston Press, Newsquest and Trinity Mirror have teamed up with Amnesty International to celebrate female pioneers from the past century in a month-long campaign.

Individual news teams across the country have spoken to a host of inspirational women on their patches as part of their campaign.

JP title the Lancashire Post marked the launch of the campaign by splashing on it on Tuesday last week.

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Jeremy Clifford, Johnston Press editor-in-chief, said: “One hundred years ago those pioneering women put their lives on the line to fight for a better, fairer future for all.

“We want to honour and celebrate their momentous achievements but also to highlight how their legacy still lives on in crusading women up and down the country still fighting for equality today.

“From sexual harassment in the workplace to equal pay, there are still battles to be fought, and throughout this campaign we speak to the women who are on the frontlines of these fights.”

Throughout the campaign, which runs until International Women’s Day in March, newspapers will also be looking for readers to nominate local heroes and inspirational women as part of the link up with Amnesty International.

Newsquest editorial director Toby Granville said: “Following on from the ‘Fighting Fake News’ campaign last year, our media groups demonstrated that working together for a common cause can really make a huge difference.

“Most of our sites are now read by over 70pc of the adult population in their respective towns and cities throughout the UK compared to Facebook’s plateauing 50pc – and that’s just Newsquest alone.

“So to celebrate this momentous occasion we didn’t hesitate to join up with Trinity Mirror and Johnston Press again and have even more strength in numbers to reach out and shine a light on the inspirational women with the ‘suffragette spirit’ making a real difference in our communities today. We’re proud to be part of it.”