Sophie Ellis-Bextor: I want my sons to grow up politically aware

Sophie Ellis-Bextor has said she wants her sons to grow up politically aware.

The singer, a mother to four boys, will be joined by her entire family at a march fighting for gender equality in London on Sunday.

Ellis-Bextor is one of a number of stars taking part in the rally which comes ahead of International Women's Day on Thursday.

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her husband Richard Jones (Hannah McKay/PA)

She told the Press Association: "I think it's timely, I'm actually bringing along loads of people. All my kids are coming, my mum, my stepdad, my brother, my sister, so it's going to be a little horde of us.

"I think certainly after what's been going on in the UK in the last couple of years and Brexit vote and all of those sorts of things I just want to make sure my children are engaged really."

She added: "It's good to remind people that if you feel something you have to do things sometimes and it doesn't have to be aggressive or confrontational, it can just be something that is quite inspiring and affirming."

The Murder On The Dancefloor hitmaker also praised the Time's Up movement and revealed she was teaching her children to "read situations and noticing how someone responds".

"If the person says 'that's not OK' then it's just not OK and that's really what it comes down to," she said.

Ellis-Bextor will be joined by comedian Sue Perkins, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Bianca Jagger, Anne Marie Duff, Michael Sheen, Biffy Clyro and Emmeline Pankhurst's great-granddaughter, Helen Pankhurst, at Sunday's rally.

Thousands of people are expected to join the annual March4Women which is organised by CARE International.

The march, which kicks off at Millbank's Old Palace Yard at midday, coincides with the 100th anniversary of the first women being given the right to vote and is shining a spotlight on the inequality women and girls face worldwide.

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