Liverpool will celebrate International Women’s Day today (8 March) with events covering history and culture to health and wellbeing.
National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool City Council and Small Cinema are among the city’s organisations and attractions backing the annual campaign to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
An hour of 10-minute fitness taster sessions will kick off the day’s events when it gets underway at St George’s Hall this morning, as the council’s Lifestyles Centres work in partnership with the This Girl Can campaign.
The 10-11am event will be followed by a day of gym inductions, fitness classes and health walks at centres around Liverpool to encourage women to get active and try something new.
Following a weekend of events, National Museums Liverpool will also mark the day as it continues its ‘Women on the Waterfront’ programme, celebrating local women’s achievements from the past and present.
From 2-3pm the Museum of Liverpool will welcome Lucinda Matthews-Jones, lecturer of history at Liverpool John Moores University, to deliver a talk on some of the city’s influential women from the past.
At the same time, Dr Ray Costello will present a talk at the International Slavery Museum highlighting the female abolitionists who fought to end slavery, looking at how they were perceived and treated.
Plus the Museum of Liverpool will also host a Cancer Research UK stall providing information on fundraising events for women to take part in, and away from the waterfront the Walker Galley will celebrate female winners of the John Moores Painting Prize with a talk at 1pm.
Julia Bryan, senior education manager at National Museums Liverpool, says: “We are really proud to be celebrating the achievements of women at our waterfront Museums and to promote the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world.”
Elsewhere in the city, Small Cinema on Victoria Street will show 2014’s acclaimed ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ by Iranian director Ana Lily Amirpour, as part of a #DirectedByWomen strand.
The event will open at 5.30pm with Dr Sarah Marie Hall, lecturer in Human Georgraphy at University of Manchester delivering a talk titled ‘Geographies of the street: gender fear and urban environments’.
Followed by a selection of short films directed by women prior to the main feature, which will also be followed by a post-film discussion, the event will raise money for RASA Merseyside – an ageless and genderless charity helping people who have been affected by sexual abuse.