Ahoy blog-o-verse, hallo, ahoy hoy. How goes it for you all? Are you enjoying the spring weather? Lol just kidding. But I’ve been quite enjoying the snow. Perhaps not so much the -10 wind chill, but quite a few brave folks didn’t let the cold weather stop them from marching in Manchester’s Walk for Women yesterday, as part of the city’s International Women’s Day celebrations.
I have mixed feelings about celebrating 100 years (ish) of women’s suffrage in the UK. All those sashes and rosettes just bring Mary Poppins to mind and more importantly the problematic issues with the suffragette movement and both class and race. I was pleased that the march very much had the tone of #StillMarching. There is much still to be done where equality is concerned.
But my main purpose was to talk a little about my Mum’s contribution to civil and disability rights in Manchester. I and a colleague of hers spoke at the event about the continued underrepresentation of women, POC, disabled folks, trans folks, and other minority groups in both local and national politics and about the importance of grass roots activism and local authorities being held accountable.
Ultimately we announced the first of a series of legacy projects in the city of Manchester dedicated to my Mum’s memory, and to remember her importance to the city. We announced a trust fund that will support the diversification of local and national politics, and will work to remove barriers to fair and truly equal suffrage for all.
I saw some very inspiring folks speak at the event, though it was disappointing to note the complete lack of Mayor Andy Burnham (particularly as Sadiq Khan joins London’s march today).
I have emerged from my bed cocoon to type up this post and will shortly return there, as I’m dealing with a bit of a post-day-out energy crash. Nevertheless, all in all it was a chilly, rather exhausting, but very worthwhile day. Are you doing anything to mark International Women’s Day this year, friends?
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