UNISON Northern Ireland

International Women's Day 2019

The time is now, women rise up! UNISON NI saw its biggest turnout for the 2019 International Women’s Day rally on Saturday 9th March.

Members from across Northern Ireland gathered at Writer’s Square in Belfast to celebrate and march for women’s rights.

There was live music, face painting and information from a range of activists’ stalls on the day.

People of all ages marched, danced, shouted and sang their way to City Hall in a colourful procession that celebrated the work of women’s organisations and charities. Some of those marching were in fancy dress, with placards and props held high calling for gender equality in Northern Ireland.

A “minute’s noise” was held in place of a minute’s silence, in remembrance of Giselle and Allison Marmion-Herrera, victims of domestic violence who were murdered last week in Newry.

ICTU’s Equality and Social Affairs Officer Clare Moore gave an address to hundreds of attendees at City Hall. Speakers called for reproductive rights for women, equal marriage rights and an end to period poverty for those living in Northern Ireland.

UNISON continue to campaign on these issues, and we will not stop until equality has been achieved for all women in Northern Ireland.