What do you know about International Women’s Day? It’s coming up on March 8, 2018, with celebrations around the world during the month of March. You can check out Wikipedia and other sites for a history.
Here’s a quote from http://www.internationalwomensday.com website:
“ International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first March 8 IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific. Make IWD your day! – everyday!”
Here’s a quote from United Nations website: http://www.unwoman.org
Note: The United Nations recognized the day in 1975 and started giving a theme to the year in 1996. The theme this year is: Time Is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transform Women’s Lives.
“Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.” ~ UN Secretary-General’s Message.
“The goal is to transform the momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and to celebrate the activists who are working relentless to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.
The International Women’s Day, UN Women celebrates the rural and urban activists who have transformed the lives of women around the world. From grassroots campaigns to global movements, women’s activism over the decades has paved the way for women’s rights and a more equal future.”
A group in my community has organized an International Women’s Day celebration with the theme: Women & Arts & Humanity. There will be a presenting of the “riveting play reading of Seven A Documentary Play by, for and about women from seven countries.” Kim Abeles, a Los Angeles Activist and Award Winning Artist will be the guest speaker. There will be a musical video or two, a silent auction of Art Objects, and social interaction. I’m attending the event on March 10th.
I saw the play Seven last year and it is profoundly powerful. It’s been traveling around the world and may be in your communities also. Here’s the website: https://seventheplay.com .
I am continuing to broaden my perspective and learn about this world that I live in. My motto this year is: Be Open to Change.