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International Women's Day 2018 : How will Northern Ireland be celebrating?

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More than 50 events are taking place in Northern Ireland this week as we celebrate the largest ever International Women's Day.

Celebrated on March 8, Northern Ireland will see a range of exhibitions, seminars, festivals, music, and film from March 1-14.

Among the highlights this year will be the annual IWD March and Rally in Belfast with the theme No Woman Left Behind.

This takes place on Saturday, March 10 from Writer’s Square to Belfast City Hall with a range of speakers addressing the crowd.

Elsewhere, a Successful Women - Leading into the Future seminar will take place at the Ulster Folk Museum in Cultra on Thursday, March 8 from 1.45pm.

This event will be hosted by UTV political jourmalist Tracey Magee with speakers including political commentator Deirdre Heenan, MLA and Chair of the Women's Caucus Paula Bradley and sports journalist Laure James.

An Culturlann on the Falls Road, Belfast will be celebrating the experience of Falls and Shankill women in peace building with Celebrating Women’s Achievements on Thursday, March 8.

Meanwhile, PS2 Art Studio will be presenting Still - an exhibition of female artists - from 7.30pm-9pm.

Derry-born singer Sarah McGuinness will be performing a free gig online in celebration of International Women's Day.

As she prepares to release her debut album Unbroken, the Emmy nominated musician will host a live global webcast on Thursday at 8pm.

To recognise the global event, the National Trust is celebrating Women and Power, their year-long programme commemorating the historic milestone of the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, which granted some women the right to vote in British parliamentary elections for the first time.

Women and Power events, exhibitions, on-site tours and creative commissions will take place at places with links to both sides of the suffrage movement. The Trust has also invited a number of contemporary thinkers and artists to reflect on the significance of the centenary of women’s suffrage.

A number of National Trust places across Northern Ireland have unique stories to tell about the people involved in the fight for women’s suffrage. They include:

  • Mount Stewart, County Down, where Edith, Lady Londonderry was an ardent suffragist and political campaigner, whose pro-suffrage behaviour caused her mother-in-law to label her ‘a young hound running riot’.
  • Castle Ward, County Down, where Mary Ward worked as a naturalist, astronomer, microscopist, author and artist.
  • Giant’s Causeway, North Coast, where local women entrepreneurs helped put the Giant’s Causeway on the map.
  • Florence Court, County Fermanagh, where the Cole family women shaped and influenced this special place to be what it is today.

Other International Women's Day highlights include:

  • Derry writer Felicity McCall will be hosting a reading of her work plus giving a talk at Derry Central Library on Foyle Street Thursday night, March 7 from 7pm.
  • Reimagining Peace: Conversations with LGB&T Women at University of Ulster, Belfast campus from 1pm-2pm.
  • Femme Fatale, 4th annual International Women’s Day Show at Sandinos in Derry will feature over 20 music acts from 9pm. Tickets £5.
  • Sunflower Bar in Belfast hosts Market for Choice from 1pm - 5pm
  • Aer Lingus will mark International Women’s Day today by offering Priority Boarding to all women departing on UK and European flights from Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Belfast.

For a full list of International Women's Day events in Northern Ireland, visit the events page.

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