Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Belfast City Hall rally marks International Women's Day

Belfast is to join in the global celebration of International Women's Day this week with a rally paying honour to the suffragette movement.

A rally will leave the University of Ulster's Belfast campus at 12.30pm on Friday before marching to City Hall, where the marchers will be welcomed by Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson.

Some women taking part will dress as suffragettes to mark the rise of the women's suffrage movement a century ago.

Mr Robinson paid tribute to the strength of the women's movement a hundred years ago.

"The role of women in the period between 1912 and 1922 cannot be underestimated, especially as the campaign for female suffrage – which brought together women from all social, economic, political and religious backgrounds to fight for a common goal – played such a pivotal role in developing the society we enjoy today," he said.

Also on Friday a blue plaque will be unveiled by the Ulster History Circle at the former home on Botanic Avenue of the suffragist Isabella Tod.

The Ulster Hall is also holding a series of events throughout the day, including writing, photography and drumming workshops, a 'sofa session' with singer Tracy Dempsey, and a lecture by Dr Olwen Purdue of Queen's University Belfast.

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