Manchester’s International Women’s Day celebrations 2013
Since 1911, the 8 March is celebrated around the world by governments, education departments, charities, businesses, women's groups and people as International Women's Day (IWD). On this day and throughout March thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women and reflect on the continuing challenges women still face. Many groups around the world choose different themes each year relevant to global and local gender issues.
Manchester City Council hosts the IWD steering group with partners such as, Manchester University, Manchester Co-operative group, Manchester Galleries and Museums, local third sector groups and local businesses. The IWD steering group chose the theme for Manchester's International Women's Day celebrations in 2013 - Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In the UK women make up only 9.1% of those working in STEM industries in the private sector. This years theme is an opportunity to raise awareness of STEM careers for women in the city.
As part of IWD 2013 Manchester City Council will be hosting the International Women's Day Awards on the 8 March at Manchester Town Hall, these awards are an opportunity to celebrate the achievement of women in the city often working in industries where women are under represented. In addition to the awards there are over 50 events taking place across the city, some funded through the Manchester City Council IWD small grant fund and others from the fantastic Wonder Women Festival and other partners.Please download the Diary of Events for information about all the events across the city throughout March 2013.
For more information contact:
0161 234 4263