The United Nations formally started celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 in 1975 (the UN focus this year is on violence against women and girls), yet IWD can be traced back to the labor struggles of women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The National Women’s History Project explains how women’s history month was built around IWD.
Feminist Peace Network has wonderful coverage of IWD-related news and events, with links to many actions around the world. There I learned that the International Mothers Network, the first global consortium of motherhood organizations, will formally launch March 8, and that Action for Development, a women’s rights group in Uganda, is boycotting IWD celebrations and will instead use the opportunity to present a petition to the speaker of parliament highlighting cases of violence against women.
FPN also alerted us, via email, to an IWD Twitter-thon. On March 8, use the hashtag #iwd in your tweets. (If that last sentence made no sense to you, take a look at Deanna Zandt’s recent articles on why and how to use Twitter.) I was excited to find Reuters editors tweeting about IWD.
Plus: “A Powerful Noise,” a documentary film about three women in different parts of the world overcoming social and economic barriers to claim a voice in their communities, will be shown tonight in New York City, followed by a live town hall discussion hosted by NBC News anchor Ann Curry. Panelists include Madeleine Albright, Natalie Portman and Nicholas Kristof.
Not in NYC? Not a problem. Movie theaters across the country will show the film and the discussion. Enter your zipcode here to find a participating theater and to buy tickets.