Hundreds on Belfast streets for International Women’s Day

Hundreds of people attended the International Women's Day celebrations in Belfast on Saturday March 7
Hundreds of people attended the International Women's Day celebrations in Belfast on Saturday March 7

Hundreds of marchers took part in a parade through Belfast on Saturday, ahead of Sunday’s International Women’s Day.

Groups including women’s centres and trade unions – some dressed as Suffragettes – were among those parading, and Stormont is due to light up purple on Monday night to mark the occasion.

This year’s International Women’s Day celebration is the largest ever, with more than 50 events taking place across Northern Ireland throughout March.

Anne McVicker, directo r of the Women’s Research and Development Agency, said: “The fight for equality for women throughout the world continues.

“International Women’s Day is about celebrating the role of women in every facet of society from politics, workers’ rights, culture and the arts to our place in history including the essential part played by women in maintaining the fabric of society during the two world wars.”