International Women's Day 2010

Sugar & Spice 4: Women in Action! 7th March 2010 Manchester

Posted in 2010 03 07, North West by womeninlondon on 17 February 2010

As a lesbian or bisexual (LB) woman what are the issues and challenges you face on a daily basis? When was the last time you wished there were more LB women in high profile positions to help support and inspire you? Does the gender pay gap totally cheese you off? How many times have you picked up the paper and winced at an act of horrific violence inflicted on a woman? And can you remember the last time, you, as an LB woman wished you didnt feel quite so invisible?

Well all this is about to change! At this years Sugar & Spice 2010 we want woman to take action and make their voices heard to mark International Womens Day, and with this year’s General Election, now is the perfect time to get our message across.

March in March

For the first time in its four year history, Sugar & Spice will be heading out of the Lesbian and Gay Foundation and on to the streets of Manchester. Come and join us, as we march through the streets of the city, suffragette style, raising awareness of your issues and demanding equality for women.

The march route highlights the invisibility of women in Manchester – apart from Queen Victoria no other woman of note warrants a statue in the city – despite it being the home of Emmaline and Christabel Pankhurst and the suffragette movement. It’s ironic that the only statue should be that of Queen Vic – who famously denied the existence of lesbians!

The march starts at the Lesbian & Gay Foundation at 11am on Sunday 7 March, we take in Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter (the proposed site of a Emmaline Pankhurst statue, where there now stands a statue of a broom! Female domestic oppression anyone?) Market Street, and Queen Victoria’s statue in Piccadilly Gardens, our final destination is Manchester Town Hall. We will be marching with sashes, banners and placards; proclaiming what lesbian and bisexual women across the world want and need.

Speak out in Sackville Gardens

After the march, we head to Sackville Garden’s from 2 till 4 for an afternoon of action and empowerment. We encourage you to voice your opinions alongside the Sugar & Spice guest speakers in ‘Speaker’s Corner’, find out about registering to vote in the ‘Take Action’ booth, or simply enjoy the range of activities that are on offer, including: the craft tent, poetry, free food, info tents and much, much more.

Rock out at Vanilla

We’ll be rendevouzing at Vanilla (Richmond Street, Manchester) from 5pm till 7pm with the best grrrl bands in town; (hooker), The Lonesome Georgina’s and Sappho’s Apostles will be plugging in and rocking out.

So come on girls lets make the Pankhursts proud – and take action!

Sugar & Spice 4 is completely free, and takes place on Sunday 7 March 2010 (11am-7pm)

Contact Annie Emery on 0161 235 8035 or email annie@lgf.org.uk for more information and for access requirements.

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