Manchester City Council takes pride in celebrating women’s achievements in the city and has now launched nominations for its International Women’s Day Award.
The Awards, given to women and or groups of women recognize the valuable contribution that each has made to improving the lives of the city’s communities.
Manchester’s theme for International Women’s Day 2015 is Breaking Through, which has been chosen to celebrate and recognise the incredible achievement of many women, who have succeeded against the odds.
There are five award categories in which an individual or group can be nominated, they are Breaking Through and include: Breaking through in volunteering; in campaigning; in sport, leisure or art and culture; in business, legal or science and technology; Young women breaking through.
There is a special recognition award named in memory of Margaret Ashton, the first female Councillor in Manchester. This is for a woman /group of women who have worked tirelessly over the years to make a positive impact on the city and its residents.
Councillor Josie Teubler, lead member for women and chair of the IWD steering group said: “These awards are about highlighting and celebrating women who have broken through and are breaking through, at home, at work, in their communities and many different areas of their lives. They are the women who have worked hard to buck trends and inspire women of all ages to challenge stereotypes and assumptions. I would really like people to take the time to nominate women, they know, who have made a real difference in the lives of communities and organisations. This is a chance for us to recognise their amazing achievements and say thank you for the way they have improved the lives of Manchester residents.”
Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council said: ” I have been involved with International Women’s Day for many years and every year I learn more about ordinary women who are doing extraordinary things in their everyday lives. This is what International Women’s Day is about, an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and ensure that they are recognised for the great work that they carry out.”
The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 9 December 2014.