Some of you know by now that every weekend I have a stall in St George’s Market selling my designs, but being at the market is often more educational that you’d ever expect. For the last few weeks, my market neighbour Helen Crickard has been handing me leaflets about International Women’s Day and the events happening in Belfast this month to coincide with it. Helen is passionate about the subject and I’m always keen to learn more.
Talking with Helen today reminded me of that UN speech from ‘that Harry Potter girl’ Emma Watson. If you haven’t seen it before, here it is:
Did you know:
-Women over 21 only got the right to vote from 1928
-It wasn’t that many decades ago that women had to leave the Civil Service when they got married
International Women’s Day
This year’s International Women’s Day celebration is the largest ever, with more than 50 events taking place across Northern Ireland throughout March.
The highlight is the annual IWD March and Rally from Writer’s Square to Belfast City Hall on March 7, with a range of speakers including Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon addressing the crowd.
This year’s main theme is ‘No Peace Without Women’, the topic of a political discussion at the Ulster Hall at lunchtime on March 2, featuring female MLAs and activists from the main parties.
LGBT feminist activist Grace Petrie will be singing her anti-establishment anthems ‘Farewell to Welfare’ and’ Emily Davison Blues’ On Thursday 5th March in the Hudson Bar from 8pm
The fight for women’s suffrage a century ago is another major theme with a lecture on the leading feminist, activist and artist Sylvia Pankhurst at the Ulster Hall on March 6.
And a film about Northern Ireland’s very own iconic feminist Inez McCormack takes place at Footprints Women’s Centre, Dunmurry on March 3.
A full list of events can be found on: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/esearch.asp?country=221#.VOw2oHysUXM