Manchester will once again celebrate International Women’s Day in style with a free ‘Walk for Women’ through the city.
The event on Saturday 7 March, which is free and open to all, will begin at 12pm on Victoria Street, outside Manchester Cathedral. At 12.30pm, those in attendance will begin a walk to St Peter’s Square and will be encouraged to make the most of their voices by joining in with the women-led chants and singing. Participants are encouraged to bring along fun, safe and noisy instruments, to bang and clang.
After the walk ends at St Peter’s Square, an event will be held at Central Library from 1:30pm. As well as offering participants the opportunity to relax and catch up with friends, there will be a range of activities, from community-led performances to pop-up stalls about health, employment, education, services and opportunities for Manchester women and girls.
Councillor Sarah Judge, lead member for women at Manchester City Council and chair of the International Women’s Day Board, said: “Last year’s International Women’s Day was special, given that it involved the unveiling of the second female statue in the city, Emmeline Pankhurst. This year, we want to build on the momentum and passion we saw last year.
“Inequality is still a real issue that needs addressing, to ensure women reach parity. While we should and do continue to reflect and celebrate the lives of those strong women who have made historic contributions to Manchester and the wider world. We should also be conscious of what we are doing for the next generation and how we can ensure that in one hundred years from now Manchester will have been at the heart of building a truly inclusive legacy on equality. I encourage everyone to take part and make your voices heard.”