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Major walk planned in Belfast to mark 100 years since votes for women

An artist's impression of the planned Processions walk to mark 100 years since votes for women

A MASS march to celebrate 100 years since women won the right to vote is to be held in Belfast on Sunday.

Tens of thousands of women have already signed up to the Processions project, with similar marches planned for Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. 

On Sunday, women wearing the suffragettes' colour scheme of purple, white and green will walk in choreographed processions through the four cities in recognition of the fight for equality.

Produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary, the marches aim to unite women and girls from across the north and Britain to form a living artwork.

Jenny Waldman, director of 14-18 Now said: "The actions of women a hundred years ago during the First World War have paved the way for women today, and we are working with Artichoke to mark this landmark moment in women’s history". 

"We have been overwhelmed by the support for Processions, and I look forward to joining women on June 10 to be part of this powerful artwork, which explores what it means to be a woman in the UK today, our successes, and the challenges we still face.” 

 Women and girls from all over Northern Ireland have been urged to fill the city streets for Processions on Sunday

 
Roisín McDonough, chief executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said it was proud to support the march.

"We have a rich history of women from Northern Ireland who led the way in fighting for female emancipation, for the right to be heard and for the right to vote," she said.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to remember those names on June 10 in a living artwork of mass participation by women and for women."

As part of the project, banners recognising the issues of contemporary women will be carried during the march.

On the Day:

Participants are invited to gather at 12.15pm on Sunday with the processions expected to start from 2pm and lasting approximately two hours.

Once the procession is underway, each participant will pick up a scarf to wear in one of the three suffragette colours - green, white and violet - and will then be choreographed to walk in bands of colour to form a long suffragette banner. 

Participants can either register at www.processions.co.uk/register or they can assemble at Titanic Slipways from 12:15pm on Sunday for a 2pm start.

Women taking part in a banner making workshop in Belfast

 

 

 

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