22.6.16

Wicked Women Wednesdays: Rest In Peace Jo Cox

It is absolutely appauling that I am writing another blogpost involving the loss of a life.

Instead of describing the awful way in which this life was taken, let us discuss what an amazing woman Jo Cox was, and how her legacy shall be kept alive.

 Across the Globe so many have spent today celebrating what would have been Jo's 42nd birthday. In Trafalgar Square thousands gathered holding signs with the hashtags #LoveLikeJo.

Many people spoke at the event, including her widowed husband, Brendan Cox. The family (Brendan and his two young children by Jo) traveled to the event by barge along the River Thames pulling behind it a boat covered in Roses bearing the words 'Yorkshire Rose'.

Malala Youzafzai also spoke at the event called #MoreInCommon. The name was taken from one of Jo's former speeches. Malala said that she lives her life by this principle.

Across the world, places including but not limited to New York, Paris, Dublin and Buenos Aires are celebrating the life of this wonderful woman. I wanted to take this time to celebrate Jo on this blog, by discussing some of her most notable successes. She is an inspiration to us all, and she will be sorely missed.

Source : Daily Mail


-Studying at Cambridge, Cox discovered that the way one spoke and their connections 'mattered'. This spurred her on to become quite the activist for many campaigns and charities, eventually finding herself as an important figure in the Labour Party.

- Cox liked to get her hands dirty for charity. Often taking part in fundraising, Jo also traveled to warzones during her time working with Oxfam.

Source : BBC

-In fact, she raised awareness for a new charity every month. Her self titled website features a variety of charities; giving them much needed promotion and support.

-Cox pushed for international action to prevent deaths in childbirth with Sarah Brown (Gordon Brown's wife). She was national chair of Labour Womens Network for four years, urging more women to enter public life.

-Cox worked with the Freedom Fund to end modern slavery, and also worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

-Not stopping at charities, Cox raised her voice for the refugees and relentlessly campaigned to support the families fleeing Syria, saying, "Any Member who has seen the desperation and fear on the faces of children trapped in inhospitable camps across Europe must surely feel compelled to act."

-Jo's hard work did not go unrecognised, in 2009 she was nominated by the Davos World Economic Forum as a young global leader, and in 2012 she received the Devex award for her contribution to international development.

-Jo was not only a hard working woman but a loving wife and mother of two beautiful young children. She often enjoyed camping, listening to music and spending her spare time on her boat home on the Thames.

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