Tuesday, 8 March 2011

International Women's Day 2011

Today is the one hundredth anniversary of the start of International Women's Day. That's one hundred years of celebrating the achievements of women past, present and future in all areas of life, be that social, political or economic. Each year on this day, governments, organisations and groups all around the world adopt different (and sometimes shared) themes. This year these include,
  • UK, Doncaster Council: Women's Voices and Influence
  • UK, Welsh Assembly Government: Bridging the Generational Gap
  • UK, Accenture: Stretch Yourself - Achieving 50:50 in the boardroom by 2020
  • Global, United Nations: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls
  • Canada, Status of Women (Federal Gov): Strong Leadership. Strong Women. Strong World: Equality
  • Australia, UNIFEM: United to End Violence Against Women
  • Australia, Queensland Government Office for Women: Our Women, Our State
  • Australia, WA Department for Communities: Sharing the Caring for the Future
  • USA, IBM: Women@IBM - Success in the Globally Integrated Enterprise

You can find a listing of all the related events happening today across the globe on the IWD site. There are 452 events happening in the UK alone.

On Daybreak this morning, Annie Lennox said that her greatest wish for today was that the visibility of the event and the struggles women face all over the world would be heightened. So I'm asking everyone who reads this post to help in that process by posting a link to International Women's Day on their websites, their blogs, their Facebook accounts or their Twitter streams.

It's not just women supporting the day. Daniel Craig and Judi Dench appear in this short film about inequality made for this year's event. There's also an Open University group for this event.

This day is not about creating a war between men and women. As Annie said this morning, let's put down the weapons and start talking about women's issues and the challenges they face.

5 comments:

  1. I learned somehting new. Didn't know that. Thanks.

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  2. What a cool post! I had no idea this event existed. Your last paragragh sums everything up perfectly.

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  3. "This day is not about creating a war between men and women. As Annie said this morning, let's put down the weapons and start talking about women's issues and the challenges they face." EXACTLY.

    Great post.

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  4. I think it's high time to stop focusing on the struggles of women and instead focus on the joy of womanhood. Personally, I love being a woman. We do have our advantages.

    Plus there's that New thought adage that what you focus on you get more of so I say focus on women's achievement for the sake of achievement. Read books by favorite women's authors or poets. listen music by women musicians and watch movies by women directors, etc...Celebrate Womanhood!

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