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International Women's Day 2016

International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the struggles and achievements of women all over the world, held each year on 8th March. It originated from two sources: the struggles of working class women to form trade unions and the fight for women's right to vote. While we recognise that women have not achieved full social, economic and politically equality, IWD is a time to celebrate the significant progress we have made so far.

International Women's Day LogoEvery year, a local festival celebrating IWD is assembled by Reclaim the Agenda, a women's collective made up of feminists, including WRDA staff members. This year's theme is 'Peace, Solidarity and Sustenance - Keeping Body and Soul Together'. Events set to take place include a major Belfast rally on 5th March and a series of lunchtime seminars in the Ulster Hall.

You can learn more about IWD and check out exactly what's happening in Northern Ireland by visiting www.internationalwomensday.com, liking the festival Facebook page or dowloading the IWD 2017 Programme. Plus, look out for the IWD17NI hashtag on Twitter. Thanks to all who join us in celebrating IWD this year!

Previous years

Visit our Flickr to take a look at photos we have taken at past IWD events. Below you can view a short video filmed at the 2011 celebrations in Belfast:





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