Manchester to celebrate International Women's Day
Following a two-year hiatus, hundreds of women and supporters of women will be able to demonstrate their support for IWD as they proudly walk through the city.
Participants are encouraged to make the most of their voices by joining in with the women-led chants and singing. Those in attendance are also encouraged to bring along fun, safe and noisy instruments, to bang and clang.
The walk will start at 12.30pm on Liverpool Road outside the Castlefield Urban Heritage Park, it will go down Deansgate and will end outside of Manchester Cathedral. The total length of the walk is around 1.3km.
Large groups, businesses and organisations are encouraged to get involved and register for an official place in the Walk for Women. As part of Our Year, young women will be encouraged and supported to attend this.
Councillor Sam Lynch, Lead Elected Member for Women, said:
“After having to cancel celebrations last year due to the Pandemic we’re happy to be back on the streets of Manchester and to build on the passion we’ve seen in previous years. Whether you’re a lone ranger or part of a group, we’d love to see you walking with us- we cannot wait to rise, roar and represent women.”
Councillor Becky Chambers, Lead Elected Member for Women, said:
“International Women's Day is an important date marking the economic, political and social achievements of women. However, as we all know there is still inequality and women have not reached parity just yet. When we celebrate the wonderful women who have fought for us, we should also be conscious of the steps we need to take in the future to aid women and future generations.”
After the walk , the Manchester City Council International Women’s Day steering group will also be hosting a ticketed event on Saturday 12 March in Central Library. The festival (#IWDMcrFestival) features musical performances, speeches from influential and strong women in and around Manchester, dance, spoken word, community group talks and an exhibition.
For more information about the Walk for Women, to register a group to take part in the official parade or to learn more about other events taking place visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/IWD