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Women take stand for peace

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

Soroptimist International Albany members will join thousands of women around the globe by taking part in the annual Join Me On The Bridge campaign as part of International Women’s Day tomorrow.

In 2013, Soroptimist International, Albany held the inaugural Join Me on the Bridge campaign which captured the imagination of the community.

Over the past years, the Join Me on the Bridge campaign has grown into a global movement, with tens of thousands standing together on bridges around the world to call for peace and equality.

SI Albany project co-ordinator Janet McCartney said all over the world, women and men commemorated International Women’s Day by meeting on bridges to send the message of joining together to end global violence against women.

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“It is such an important thing to recognise and we invite all women to join and stand with us on the Albany Pedestrian Footbridge at 12 noon on Wednesday, 8th March 2017 (today), to mark this event,” she said.

“Since 1908, International Women’s Day has been a day to celebrate the achievements of women around the world without regard to their national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political differences.

“The symbolic gesture of joining together on a bridge reminds us that we are all connected, and that together, women can ensure that their rights are respected and collectively we can forge a new world.”

SI Albany has been active in the community for 35 years and meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

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