Preparations have started for the celebration of women as part of a programme of events to launch Manchester's very first International Women’s Day festival in March 2017
Thursday 22 September saw Manchester’s lead member for women Councillor Sarah Judge launch the theme for next year’s festival as well as the grants application for organisations wanting to take part.
The theme ‘Our Manchester Women’ has been chosen to recognise the strength and resilience of women and the extraordinary things they achieve in their different walks of life.
Vicky Howarth, a Paralympian from Manchester, Dressage National Champion in Great Britain who suffers from a condition which causes degeneration of sight and is now registered blind will also be at the launch to talk about the challenges that she has overcome and the positive and proactive steps that she has taken to involve herself in sports and to help others.
Councillor Sarah Judge said: “Vicky represents all that is good about Manchester people and it is because of their strength, ambition and resilience that Manchester is the dynamic world class city it is today.
“We celebrate women’s achievements every year and for 2017 we really want to celebrate the diversity of women with our very first Manchester International Women’s Day festival which we hope will put Manchester on the world map as a place internationally renowned as being good for women, where women irrespective of their background or their start in life can thrive and be the best they can.
"We have also launched our grants programme and I would urge voluntary or community groups to take advantage of these to put on events that will bring women together and leaving a lasting legacy in their communities''. "
Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council said: “We mark International Women’s Day every year as it is an important landmark in the city’s calendar. We are celebrating women who are the backbone of our city by celebrating their achievements and ongoing struggle for gender equality. Manchester women juggle a number of roles as leaders in our neighbourhoods inspiring friendship, creating a sense of community and instilling pride. They contribute to the economic success of the city in their roles across the professions as well as being the building block to family life."
To be part of the festival, apply for a Manchester International Women’s Day Grant of up to £1,000 to organise an event or activity. These grants are particularly aimed at groups putting on events for women who are under represented in society and events which have a lasting impact on women in their communities. To apply for the grant, go to www.manchester.gov.uk/iwdgrants
by the closing date 25 October 2016.