International Womens Day – 8th March 2008
Posted by LibeRaCe on March 5, 2008
Visit the official International Women’s Day site and listen to inspirational stories from around the world.
15,000 women marched through New York City in 1908 demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. 100 years on, the pertinence of this event is honored through IWD’s 2008 global theme ‘Shaping Progress’.
In the USA, March is also National Women’s History Month and the Nat.Women’s History Project is at the forefront of “Recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and new opportunities for girls and young women.”
Test your knowledge of Women’s Rights during the Victorian era – how do they compare to now? Learn more about some of the women who lead to fight for women’s rights! Celebrate Women’s History at the HERstory Archive.
Find out more in the Women’s Library and the GENESIS project. Did you know about the Women’s History Network? The International Information Centre and Archives for the Women’s Movement works to try and ensure that “answers to questions about women’s history and the position of women in society are available and accessible to all”.
Today in the UK, the Women’s National Commission is the body giving the views of women to the Government. It aims to ensure that women’s views are taken into account by the Government and are heard in public debate.
Unifem -the UN Development Fund for Women works towards worldwide gender equality and produces excellent fact sheets on issues effecting women. The UN Women Watch provides resources for gender equality and empowerment and with the UN Division for the Advancement of Women supports the current Commission of the Status of Women running until the 7th March 2008.
Int.Women’s Day is also being supported by the Welsh Assembly Government. Do you think that women and men now have equal roles in today’s society? Take the Equal Opportunities Commission Gender Agenda MOT.
Find out more about Women’s Rights and the Feminist Movement in the Library at 305.4