International Women’s Day 2014
Manchester International Women’s Day 2014
International Women's Day (IWD) was first celebrated in 1911 as a day to recognise women's role and achievements and to highlight the continued struggle for equal rights. In some countries International Women’s Day, every 8 March, is an official holiday.
For over 25 years Manchester City Council has celebrated the achievements and contribution of women every International Women's Day. The occasion provides an opportunity for Manchester to inspire and raise the aspirations of women and girls and to make positive steps to address inequality and renew our efforts to challenge the barriers that women and girls face locally and internationally.
Manchester City Council hosts the IWD Steering Group with local partners, organisations and individuals. The Steering Group has agreed the theme for 2014 as:
Women as Peacemakers
From international conflict to local community cohesion women are the peacemakers. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the start of the 1st World war, International Women’s Day 2014 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the role that women have played and continue to play in conflict resolution and peace building.
As community leaders, as politicians, as mothers, as doctors, as police officers, as teachers, as lawyers and the myriad of roles that women hold, women in Manchester have led by example. 2014 is our chance to shine a light on the work of these women in creating safe and stable communities in Manchester and beyond.
IWD Diary of Events
Manchester will celebrate with a range of activities across the city throughout March. The International Women’s Day Diary of Events lists events funded through Manchester City Council’s small grant fund for local not-for-profit organisations. Part of the criteria for this year’s grants was to create events linked to the Peacemaker theme. The Diary of Events also includes other activities happening in the city to celebrate International Women’s Day.
As part of the IWD celebrations, Manchester City Council will host the 2nd Manchester International Women’s Day Awards on Friday 7 March 2014. This event recognises unsung women who make an important contribution in the city and provides role models for Manchester ’s women and girls.