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Source: City of Manchester

The spirit of resistance lives on in Manchester after thousands of people came together to celebrate International Women’s Day.

On Saturday 7 March more than 2,000 women and their allies marched through the streets to mark IWD. Now in its fourth year, the ever brilliant and vibrant march saw people fill the streets, making their way from Manchester Cathedral to St. Peter’s Square.

The women, men and children that came out to celebrate were in full voice, singing and dancing through the city centre. They came together to recognise the ongoing struggle to achieve gender equality.

Manchester is a city with a rich history of leading female figures, from Emmeline Pankhurst leader of the Suffragette movement, to politicians Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy, both from Greater Manchester and current Labour leadership contenders. 

The annual event has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2016. Significant milestones have been celebrated from the centenary of women gaining the vote to the unveiling of only the second female statue in the city.

Councillor Sarah Judge, lead member for women for Manchester City Council, and chair of the International Women’s Day Steering Committee, said: “I am thrilled with how well the day went, a real credit and a big thanks goes to all those who played a part in organising it. 

“The look and feel of the day felt like a total celebration, and rightfully so. The women of our city have proved throughout the generations that there is nothing that cannot be achieved through determination, and an unwillingness to give up. Manchester has played a huge part in gender equality, I am sure there will be even more to celebrate in the coming years.

“It is hugely inspiring to see this day go from strength to strength. I cannot wait to start working towards next year and see even more new faces.”

MIL OSI United Kingdom