International Women’s day returns on Saturday 8 March, this year with the theme ‘Women as Peacemakers’ to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Celebrating the women who have made a difference in Manchester and beyond, here are our picks of local events…

International Women’s Day at National Football Museum
The National Museum will be opening its doors for a series of events exploring women’s football over the years. In particular, the FC United women’s team will be making an appearance, taking part in demonstrations, displays, and competitions, as well as giving a talk to girls and women looking to get into the game. Tours will also be taking place throughout the day, focusing on the women’s game and the history of women’s football in England.
National Football Museum, Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG. Tel: 0161 870 9275, Sat 8 Mar, 10am – 4pm, FREE,

Women’s History Gallery Tour at People’s History Museum
Part of Wonder Women Radical Manchester, the People’s History Museum is putting on a tour through its main galleries, tracing how women helped shape British politics. From the first feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft and the Suffragettes to the Iron Lady herself, Margaret Thatcher, discover women’s role in the transformation of politics and the fight for a more peaceful – and equal – world. The event is free but booking is required.
Fri 7 Mar & Fri 14 Mar, People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER. Tel: 0161 838 9190. 1.15pm – 2pm, FREE,

Tessellate at Manchester Craft and Design Centre
In keeping with the Peacemaker theme, ArtAnon – a community group curating exhibitions that aim to strip art of discrimination and bias – will be unveiling an origami installation created by the public. As well as the exhibition itself, the event takes place in the form a social evening, encouraging guests to network as they enjoy live music – celebrating women in music – and refreshments. The event is free but booking is required.
Sat 8 Mar, Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Oak Street, M4 5JD. Tel: 0161 832 4274, 6pm – 9pm, FREE,

Sat 8 Mar
Hannah Phillips
Published on:
Mon 3 Mar 2014