The Walk for Women 2024 at Manchester Central Library

Emmeline Pankhurst statue Rise Up Women that was revealed on International Womens Day 2018
© Ben Williams

The Walk for Women is back again for International Women’s Day 2024. Meet at 12noon on Mount Street behind Central Library (by the John Cassidy ‘Ardrift’ statue)

We’ll be making our way along Mount Street and through Albert Square to Brazennose Street, before turning right into Deansgate and continuing all the way to Manchester Cathedral.

There are rest stops along the way and dropped kerbs for wheelchair access. If you’re not a regular walker we’d recommend bringing a bottle of water with you.

Register for the Walk for Women:

This walk is an opportunity to come together with family and friends, colleagues – and strangers too – to share our passion for equality and creating opportunities for Manchester women. 

You’re encouraged to bring along fun, safe and noisy instruments to bang and clang, or make the most of your voice and join us with our chants.

Whether you’re a lone ranger or part of a group, we’d love to see you walking with us: there’s no fee to join the 2024 Walk for Women and anyone can take part. 

To give us an idea of how many people will be there on the day, we’d appreciate you completing our online registration.

Walk for Women – the route:

We’ll gather to begin our walk on Mount Street, just behind Central Library. We’ll then head through Albert Square onto Brazennose Street, turn into Deansgate then continue all the way down to finish on Victoria Street, right outside Manchester Cathedral. See the route map on this page. 

Please dress appropriately for the weather on the day. Refreshments are available to buy from shops and cafes along the route, but we recommend bringing a bottle of water with you. 

Roads will be closed, and parking suspensions in place for the duration: find out which roads will be affected.

Accessibility:

There are rest stops along the way and dropped kerbs for wheelchair access are located: 

  • At the junction of Mount Street and Peter Street, next to where we’re meeting
  • On Deansgate, outside John Rylands Library
  • At the junction of Deansgate and John Dalton Street, outside Katsouris Deli
  • At the junction of Deansgate and King Street, outside House of Fraser
  • At the junction of Deansgate and St Mary’s Street
  • At the junction of Deansgate and Blackfriars
  • At Cathedral Yard, opposite Harvey Nichols. 

Volunteers, Manchester City Council staff and Security Officers will be around to assist anyone along the way. 

If you need access to the hearing loop for this event, please report to the Events Team next to the John Cassidy ‘Ardrift’ statue behind Central Library on Mount Street. You will be provided with a hearing pack that gives access to the frequency channel. 

British Sign Language interpreters will also be present. 

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