Monday, March 8, 2010

8 March: International Women's Day

Today's themed event:

To honor the resilience of millions of women survivors of war around the world, Women for Women International is hosting a global campaign called Join me on the Bridge on International Women's Day: March 8, 2010.

On that day, we will bring women from Rwanda and Congo together in peace on a bridge between their countries to demand an end to war and to demonstrate that women can build the bridges to peace and development. At the same time and in solidarity, we will bring women (and men!) together on bridges throughout the world, creating a truly global movement that says NO! to war and YES! to peace and hope.

Among the many other events today:

Launch of Middle East Gender Study Marks International Women’s Day

Women journalists representing 15 journalists’ unions of the International Federation of Journalists from across the Arab World and Middle East gathered in Al Manama-Bahrain to mark International Women’s Day. The regional meeting held on 6-8 March, was hosted by the Bahrain Journalists Association (BJA). The IFJ office in Bahrain ran a series of discussions and a workshop on gender equality and leadership in the media.

“It is inspiring to see women journalists in the region stand up together for their rights” said Sarah Bouchetob, IFJ Projects and Campaigns Officer for the Middle East and the Arab World. ‘The time has come for politicians, media owners and journalists’ unions to take their responsibilities in the struggle for equality in the region.”(more)

• Last year's post

Update March 9:

NPR has a feature story on:

Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
On Wednesday, more than 1,000 women who flew military planes during World War II will be honored with the Congressional Gold Medal. They were known as WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilots, and at the time of their service, they were civilians. They waited three decades to be granted military status. And history nearly forgot them.

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