The annual Walk For Women march is set to return this week, after two years off due to the pandemic. Marking International Women’s Day (which takes place annually on March 8th), the march aims to empower and bring together the women of Manchester this Sunday March 6th, in a way that is sure to spark pride and unity as the march goes on.
Kicking off at 12.30pm outside Castlefield Urban Heritage Park on Liverpool Road, the march will dominate Deansgate right up to Cathedral Gardens, where the march will end. Businesses, friends, family and lone rangers are encouraged to come along, with banging, clanging and chanting all encouraged from participants, too. The assignment? Use your voice!
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.”
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.”
Following the march, Manchester City Council will also host the International Women’s Day Manchester Festival, too, which will take place on March 12th at Manchester Central Library. The festival (#IWDMcrFestival) will feature musical performances, speeches from influential and strong women in and around Manchester, dance, spoken word, community group talks and an exhibition.
Find out more about what Manchester City Council has in store for International Women’s Day here.