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Belfast women will soon join their sisters from across the globe in celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) 2014.

A programme of events, compiled by women’s collective Reclaim the Agenda and supported by Belfast City Council’s Women’s Steering Group, is being held over the coming few weeks to mark IWD on March 8. Celebrations will focus on the theme of ‘Her Story’, exploring women’s voices both today and down throughout the ages.

A major rally will take place on March 8, with marchers gathering at the Art College to walk to the City Hall for songs, speeches and a special reception. The City Hall will also be colour washed in purple light that night.

Other key events include:

• lectures and workshops, running every lunch time in the Ulster Hall, from March 3 – 7, with topics including ‘The Women Of Belfast’s Graveyards’, ‘Feminist Fairytales’, ‘Where is Feminism Today?’ and ‘Belfast Women and the Great War’;
• the launch of a new 24 hour domestic and sexual violence helpline by Women’s Aid on March 5 at the Stormont Hotel;
• a performance of ‘Shrieking Sisters’, a play recounting the true story of a group of suffragettes who tried to blow up Lisburn Cathedral in 1914, on March 6 in the Linen Hall Library;
• ‘Alternative Ms Ulster’ in Stormont on March 8, which will feature women of all shapes, sizes, ages and accents walking down the grand staircase in Stormont to a podium where they will share with the audience what they want to see happen for NI women.
• ‘Stand Up for Choice’, an 18+ evening of stand up comedy in Mandela Hall on March 9, supporting a woman’s right to choose and featuring well-known comedians such as Gemma Hutton and Josie Long.

Event organiser Helen Crockard said: “There is a huge variety of events on offer, so there should be something to please everyone! We hope people here will really get behind IWD this year and join us in celebrating the contribution of women to society in Northern Ireland and around the world.”

To learn more about International Women’s Day events, contact WOMEN’STEC on 028 9074 9810.

International Women’s Day

Date: 3 Mar 2014 – 7 Mar 2014
Time: 1pm
VenueUlster Hall

The Ulster Hall celebrates International Women’s Day with an insightful, week long
series of lunchtime lectures which document, discuss and debate the role women
have played in shaping society as we know it today.

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