International Women’s Day (IWD) is being marked across the North West today (8 March) with a number of events taking place.
Members of the business community, local authorities and cultural organisations are among those coming together to call for gender parity whilst highlighting the achievements of women.
In Liverpool, city council leaders have gathered to show how ‘equal’ the city is, with half of the council chamber being female and 12 out of 20 senior officer posts also being held by women.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann O’Byrne, says: “We have achieved gender parity by talent-spotting community activists who are already out there advocating for their neighbourhood or community of interest.”
“We spend time encouraging them to think about stepping up and becoming an elected representative of their community. As a result, we have recruited some outstanding candidates who bring fresh insight and enthusiasm to the task.”
Elsewhere in the Liverpool City Region, Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (TWW) is welcoming guest speaker and TWW patron Dame Lorna Muirhead, the former Queen’s Lieutenant for Merseyside to a special event at its Inspiration Hall in Birkenhead.
The charity, which aims to help women make positive lifestyle choices and changes, is welcoming women aged 18 and over to the 12-3pm event, which will also see organisations, charities and firms including Kirwans, Involve Northwest and Regenda host stalls. Additionally, TWW’s annual general meeting will also take place, offering more information about the charity’s progress and a chance to ask questions.
Celebrations for the global IWD, which this year follows the theme of ‘Press for Progress’, are set to continue in the North West over the coming days.
On Friday (9 March) in Manchester, Rebecca Long-Bailey MP will speak at an event to mark 150 years of the TUC (Trade Union Congress) in the city and the role of women during that time.
Then on Saturday (10 March), Professor Krista Cowman will speak on the life of Jeannie Mole, a trade union organiser from Liverpool during the late 19th/early 20th Century.
A blue plaque marking her life will be unveiled by the TUC outside the city’s News from Nowhere bookshop on Bold Street at 11.45am.
National Museums Liverpool will also acknowledge the TUC’s 150th anniversary and the role women across the North West have played in shaping trade unions during an event at the Museum of Liverpool on 10 March.
From 1-3pm, the session will see key speakers and women who campaign with unions share their experiences of organising Merseyside’s women today.
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