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International Women's Day marked in Belfast with a salute to the suffragettes

By Staff Reporter

Hundreds of marchers took to Belfast's streets on Saturday to celebrate International Women's Day 2016. This year's theme was 'Reclaim the Agenda'.

The noisy and vibrant parade started off at Writer's Square and made its way down Royal Avenue to the City Hall for speeches and celebrations. Many marchers dressed in period costume to reflect the influence of the Women's Suffragette movement.

Among the groups in the procession were trade unions, including Unison and Unite, the Belfast Cleaning Society, Belfast Feminist Network, the Workers Party and the Socialist Party.

Before the parade, crowds gathered in Writer's Square for face-painting, drumming, a roller disco, guitar orchestra, singing and a Feminist Photo Booth.

Today, an Ulster Hall lecture will explore the life and work of Margaret McCoubrey, the suffragist, pacifist and labour councillor whose commitment to tackling poverty and social inequality earned her a pivotal role in early 20th century Belfast.

The talk by Myrtle Hill starts at 1pm, with lunch from 12.30pm. Admission is free and booking is not required.

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