Women’s Day is celebrated in Oxford with Brazilian rhythms

thisisoxfordshire: Debbie Hollingsworth, left, and Bethan James are joined by members of Sol Samba Debbie Hollingsworth, left, and Bethan James are joined by members of Sol Samba

A SAMBA-themed flash mob took place in central Oxford on Saturday to mark International Women’s Day.

The spectacle was organised as part of the Oxford International Women’s Festival, which runs until Sunday.

A group of campaigners carried an effigy of a suffragette into Broad Street, where local carnival troupe Sol Samba provided Latin rhythms.

Debbie Hollingsworth, the festival’s co-ordinator, said: “The point of the festival is to celebrate what we have achieved over the years. But it is also raising awareness of some of the struggles that are still going on.”

The event followed a march, the previous night, which highlighted the issue of violence against women.

The Reclaim the Night rally, pictured, saw protesters walk from East Oxford Community Centre to Oxford Town Hall.

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For festival details, visit oxfordinternationalwomensfestival.com

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