International Women’s Day

March 8 2009 is International Women’s Day. This day has been recognized as International Women’s Day since 1911. On this day, women around the world join together in celebration of the intelligence, strength, courage and beauty of women. The focus of this day is to celebrate the achievements of women around the globe without regard to their national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political differences.

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world. Many countries, cities and communities hold events that we can be a part of; diverse local activities connect women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more. The International Women’s Day website is a great resource to find out what is going on in your area

The site has events listed by country and city and is a wealth of information about what is going on globally with and for women. This includes information about Global Issues, Business/Finance, Media/Art,
Work and Government.

One organization, that we have shared with you before, Women for Women International, is holding a Global Teleconference on March 5. They will be talking about what women in their programs are doing to eradicate hunger in their countries. You can join that call by going to their website

Each country, city or organization participating in IWD is encouraged to find a theme. This year many have chosen themes around women and men uniting to end violence against women and girls. Currently there are 461 events in 37 countries being held for 2009..

A few gender facts to end with:
– Globally women comprise 42% internet users
– Women use 20,000 words a day while men only use 7,000
– Females in developing countries on average carry 20 liters of water per day over 6 km
– Women do two-thirds of the world’s work but receive only 10% of the world’s income.
– 56% of women who voted supported Obama compared to only 49% of men who voted for Obama.
– Women control $14 trillion in assets and this should grow to $22 trillion over next 10 years
– Only 21% of all news subjects (people interviewed or whom the news is about) are female.

Think globally act locally and find your own unique way of getting involved in IWD. Personally I like the way Russia does it. IWD is a National holiday and men get up early in the morning to go buy flowers for their wives mothers and daughters.
Yea Men !!

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1 Response to “International Women’s Day”

  1. 1 inspiredimagination March 9, 2010 at 9:08 am

    wow! I too like the way Russians are doing it! It should be like that everywhere!

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