IWW Attend IWD #8M March & Rally
This year's International Women’s Day theme was ‘Stop Violence Against Women and Girls’ - including 'trans women and girls, women' locally and globally.
The event was planned and organised by Alliance for Choice in Derry who said in a statement that whether you're "facing sexism, misogyny, racism, poverty or state, sexual or domestic violence, street harassment or barriers to our reproductive rights - violence against women and girls is is alive and well, embedded in our culture and every day lives. It’s something we feel strongly about and try to tackle in our activism and advocate change for.
"There are so many different forms of violence that we face, some obvious and some subtle that are normalised under patriarchy, we use this annual day of activism as a vessel to raise awareness and solidarity."
The now annual International Women’s Day march in the city was attended by a number of local solidarity and political groups as well as trade unions. A spokesperson for the IWW Derry Branch said that "Despite the Arctic winds it's great to see a decent turn out. For ourselves, we feel it is important to have a union presence on the streets to mark the occasion of international women's day. The IWW as a union echos the call of todays demonstration in solidarity with all women, trans and non-binary people in demanding an immediate end to violence against them.
"We brought along our banner which displays our unions motto, 'an injury to one is an injury to all', which spells it out loud and clear. As part that call out, we extend our solidarity by calling on everyone to help unionise that fight. To organise and join the union wherever you work or live."