Blog // 03.08.2011

International Women's Day!

Article by Abena A-T

Today is the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day!

According to a United Nations’ timeline, the organization, Socialist International held a meeting in Copenhagen and concluded to establish a women’s day to recognize the movement for women’s rights. As a result of the meeting,  the following year March 19th 1911 was marked International Women’s Day Dennmark, Sweden, Austria and Germany. Since then, the day has been commemorated across the world to support women in their fight for equal pay, the right to vote and to hold public office, and to celebrate women’s achievements.

Let’s look at some of the ways in which the 100th Anniversary of
IWD  is being celebrated this year:

  • Ms. Tafadzwa Mukwash, a young artist from Zimbabwe drew a portrait of internationally renowned singer and anti-apartheid activist, Yvonne Chaka Chaka is the 8th portrait as part of “Facing a Century – a
    collection of 100 portraits and 100 moments of life being lived”  See it here: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/display.asp?id=227
  • Nairobi Kenya: LBT Women in Kenya: Realities and Opportunities; a
    celebration hosted by Artists for Recognition and Acceptance
  • Kenya: Women in Law and Development in Africa in partnership with Old Ngando Girls hosted an event to celebrate young women in Kenya. The theme was Responsibility: The Priority Choice
  • The African Diaspora Professional Women in Europe have compiled a list of women of African origin in Europe who are have been an inspiration. The women were nominated by members of the group’s online forum. Find out who made the list! :
    http://adipwe.wordpress.com/
  •  What Liberian President -African’s only female president has to say
    about women’s progress this IWD:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/2011/03/110308_sirleaf_iwd.shtml
  • Canada: The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has
    publication documenting the progress of women over the years (link).
    IDRC Women’s Rights and Citizenship and the Research are celebrating with an event being held in the capital city, Ottawa.
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada: Documentary: Autumn Gem: a documentary on Modern China’s first feminist; hosted by the Center for Chinese
    Research

Interestingly enough,  I didn’t find a whole lot on IWD as it relates to Africa in my general search but found a few things when I specified IWD  Africa.  US President Barack Obama thought the women’s movement so important that he declared March 2011 to be International Women’s Month. So I’d like to know, how is IWD or month celebrated or acknowledged in other African countries? Is it at all in yours?

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