Ahead of International Women’s Day, Manchester City Council is inviting residents to take part in a ‘walk for women’

From the birthplace of women’s suffrage to becoming the UK’s first city with a majority of female councillors, and even down to the female worker bee that is used to symbolise our city – women have played a key role in shaping the face of Manchester.

So, with International Women’s Day (8 March) just around the corner, Manchester city council is inviting residents to take part in a ‘Walk For Women’, a parade in celebration of Manchester’s women.  

You don’t have to be a woman to take part, but you do have to support them.

You don’t have to be a woman to take part, but you do have to support them. Whatever your colour, creed or background, the procession promises a colourful celebration. Dancing is encouraged, singing is even better and of course there’s always the option of fancy dress. Bring a banner, design a poster or rock a feminist t-shirt – however you want to show your support, just make sure you put your pride of Manchester on show.

So, if you're part of a group, a community or a collective of businesses, or if you just fancy getting a group together, then register for free for this iconic demonstration.

The event hopes to instil a sense of pride in Manchester women, those past and present, in a bid to inspire future generations to excel.   

So, how can you get involved?

To be able to register, you should:

- Represent a group, organisation or a collection of individuals 

- Have a connection to Manchester – you must live, work, study here, or simply just love the city

- Have a rough idea of how many people will be in your group 

Participants will meet at St Peter’s square at 1:30 pm, before the walk kicks off at 2pm. From St Peter’s Square, the walk will snake across the city to Castlefield Bowl, where speeches from Manchester women will complete the procession. Confirmed speakers include singer songwriter Claire Mooney, poet Shirley May, Councillor Sarah Judge, the lead member for Women for Manchester City Council, activist and author Aisha Mirza and writer and performer Jackie Hagan.

Whether you want to sashay your way along the route or simply walk to show your support, the procession is the perfect symbolic tribute to celebrate the women of the city. 

Photo credit: People's History Museum