Politicians and presenter to join International Women’s Day rally in Aberdeen tomorrow

Bianca Jagger, centre, at a March4Women event ahead of International Women's Day tomorrow.

Politicians, a TV presenter and union chiefs are among those taking part in a rally for gender equality in Aberdeen.

The event is set to take place in the city centre to celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow.

Organised by Aberdeen Trades Union Council (ATUC), it will be held at Castlegate at 6.30pm.

ATUC vice-president Kathleen Kennedy is to compere the rally.

International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements across social and political sectors while calling for gender equality.

Speakers lined up for the event include young ATUC member Gemma Clark and Gaelic TV presenter Christina McGonigle.

North Kincardine councillor and president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) Alison Evison is also scheduled to speak at the rally.

She said: “I am looking forward to celebrating International Women’s Day in Aberdeen and joining with others to talk about these issues.”

Ms Kennedy said: “There are many challenges facing us as women as we continue the struggle for equality.

“We know that gender parity won’t happen overnight.

“However the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day.

“Plus, there’s a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support which we are continuing in the North-east of Scotland.

“We are calling on all women and the men who support our struggle for equality to join us.”

Cllr Ross Cassie from the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign, Reverend Robert Smith from Rubislaw Church, Kate Ramsden from UNISON and Unite’s Hailey Slate and Lina Jutila will also attend the event.