Liverpool’s cultural venues and organisations are marking International Women’s Day with a host of special events.
The annual campaign to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women returns today (8 March) with the 2017 theme #BeBoldForChange.
Liverpool City Council is inviting female first-time sports centre users around the city to take the first steps to a more active life.
As part of the This Girl Can campaign, the local authority is offering free access to the fitness facilities and a variety of exercise classes.
The fitness drive will be followed by a full council gathering this evening when all female councillors will make their commitment to #BeBoldForChange and promote the rights of women across the city.
Councillor Emily Spurrell, the city’s mayoral lead for community safety, says: “International Women’s Day is an important annual event to mark all the progress that has been made in advancing women’s rights. As the theme this year is Be Bold for Change we are looking at how we can encourage women to strive for even more change. Whether it’s tackling violence against women, promoting women’s education or encouraging women to get fit and active.”
Meanwhile FACT will get behind International Women’s Day by shining the spotlight on women in tech, as part of its public programme for the ‘How Much of This is Fiction’ exhibition.
A special film screening of ‘Code Girl’ will follow a panel discussion hosted by Liverpool Girl Geeks, with participants reflecting on instances when they have taken bold action to improve or develop an aspect of their own livelihood or women’s status overall.
Liverpool Small Cinema is also lining up a duo of screenings to mark the occasion tonight.
At 6.30pm Liverpool Friends of Diyar presents a showing of ‘Balls, Barriers and Bulldozers’ as the Victoria Street community cinema, in return for donations.
The film, which follows two women’s football teams on a journey from the UK to the West Bank to play against Palestinian teams, will be followed by a Q&A with one of the players and money raised will go towards bringing the Diyar team over in June.
Then at 8pm the venue will show documentary ‘The Speed Sisters’ as part of its International Women’s Day itinerary, which focuses on the first all-women race car team in the Middle East.