Marguerite Kearns March 8, 2011

Selection below from the International Women’s Day web site:

“. . . International Women’s Day is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.”

On International Women’s Day, Dr. Ida Lichter reminds us to remember and support today’s “new suffragists” in her op-ed piece. Ida Lichter is the author of Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression.

3 thoughts on “International Women’s Day 2011

  1. I’m not one for days of recognition, though I make an exception for International Women’s Day. It’s a way to remember our special contributions to our families and communities.

  2. Here in upstate New York, an enthusiastic committee of women has organized a month-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first International Women’s Day – it is called Saratoga Women’s Fest! It begins today with an opening presentation at the historic Preservation Hall. (See the website.) For the month of March, the beautiful and historic city of Saratoga Springs, NY will host a array of lectures, films, demostrations, and events — all geared to women. I am honored to be the keynote speaker at the closing ceremony on Sunday, March 27th, when I will speak about my book on the fight for women’s political equality, Strength Without Compromise. I wonder – are other communities around the US and the globe hosting similar celebrations???!!!

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