Women and men marched through Liverpool city centre to celebrate womanhood as well as protest against political and economical inequality for women in the UK and around the world.
In Liverpool the International Women’s day on March 8th was marked two days later on Saturday with a march and other activities. Jill Griffiths, from the Merseyside Women’s Movement organising the events, told JMU Journalism: ”It is still important with International Women’s Day and there is a long way to go for women’s equality. It wasn’t as many as last year, but the presence of men this year was very good.”
The march was well supported and was escorted by police vans through town, and officers confronted one man who was shouting offensive language at the marchers.
Nalina Egget, helping out on the march, told JMU journalism: “We need to tell people that the issue [women’s rights] has not gone away. It never stopped being important. It wasn’t as many as last year, but the presence of men this year was very good.
“I want to see a world where women are not killed by their partners; a world where women are not assaulted; and a world where women are able to get to the top of companies and political systems.”
Griffiths added: “In addition to being a day of celebration, it’s a day of action. It’s important to pull women together. I would love to not have a women’s day, but as long as there is political and economical inequality there has to be a women’s day.”
The march ended up in St. Bride’s Church in Catherine Street where there were speeches, choirs and plays to draw attention to issues concerning inequality for women.