International Women’s Day

Today, March 8 marks International Women’s Day, the day of the Global Women’s Strike. IWD is a day that has been celebrated internationally by women and men and childrenm since 1945. (Scroll down for IWD history).

Locally, in Salt Lake City, there will be this event:

International Women’s Day – “Building Global Bridges”
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College
FREE and open to the public
Reception: 6pm, Program: 6:45pm

Feature Film: “Women on the Frontlines” – Women in 5 countries strive to improve their lives and communities thorugh education, micro loans, democracy, and the search for peace and forgiveness. Discussion will follow.

Presented by:
Planned Parenthood, People for Peace and Justice of UTah, Mormons for Equality and Social Justice, National Council for Community and Justice, Tapestry Against Polygamy, Ten Thousand Villages, Westminster Students for Choice and Diversity Center, Rape REcovery Center, YWCA, SLC Film Center and City Weekly

Women at work in India
Ajit Solanki, Associated Press
Women break chili pepper stalks in Ahmadabad, India. The women earn 11 cents for more than 40 pounds of chilies. Today is International Women’s Day — an occasion where women’s groups worldwide are honoring women’s achievements and working for equality.
(published in today’s Deseret News)

    A network with national co-ordinations in 11 countries and participating organisations in over 60 countries. We demand the return of military budgets to the community, beginning with women the main carers of people and the planet. Women, and men who support our goals, take action together on 8 March, International Women’s Day, and throughout the year. In this way each grassroots struggle is backed by our collective power.

    Read these articles and accounts of women and women’s issues:

    Statement from Women <a href="Housewives workers in the home to President Chavez – 4 February 2006”>Global Women’s Strike workshops at the World Social Forum, Caracas, Venezuela, Jan-Feb 2006
    Venezuela: bringing the women’s revolution to Europe & US
    Women under occupation – daily life and resistance: Three Palestinian women speak at Crossroads Women’s Centre
    Refusing to kill, a website by Payday, a network of men working with the Global Women’s Strike

    IWD History
    Thousands of workers in the New York needle trades (primarily women) demonstrated & began a strike for higher wages, a shorter workday and an end to child labor.

    More on IWD

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