International Women's Day recognises women's achievements and highlights the continued struggle for equal rights and equality for women. As the birthplace of women's suffrage in the UK, Manchester has always been at the heart of the women's movement. We've been celebrating International Women's Day for more than 25 years.
This year our theme for International Women’s Day is Women's Voices - Changing Manchester.
Our great city is changing, we are expanding, flourishing and becoming a serious player on the world stage. Every day people move here, new and exciting businesses open their doors, and communities are alive with activity.
We want to celebrate the differences in women. Women play an enormous role in the success of our city, contributing as doctors, carers, lawyers, in retail, as teachers, the list goes on. The common vision remains; to achieve full equality.
In the last 100 years, much has changed and improved but some of the facts still shows that inequality remains. This international women's day 2016 we want to hear women's voices.
Our key event this year is the Manchester women's meet-up on Saturday 5 March in Central Library.
This one day event for Manchester Women – a chance for Manchester women to get their voices heard and help shape the future. Manchester is changing, devolution is here. What does the Northern Powerhouse mean for women? Women need to be fully represented as our city changes. We want your stories and unique voices to shape that change. Book free your ticket to this event.