International Women’s Day Weekend Celebrations Around the World

Sunday, March 6, is International Women’s Day.

Here’s a look at how countries around the world are celebrating:

Ethiopia: The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa recognized in a ceremony today, female students who have excelled in the fight against HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence. The event was hosted by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The United States and Ethiopia have formed a partnership in addressing needs and combatting the tragedies that result from both HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence.

India: Local men’s organizations are participating in joint celebrations with women’s groups. NGO groups such as Naari Samata Manch, Purush Uvach, Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), Masoom, Maaher, Miloon Saryajani, Samyak and Stree Mukti Sanghatna are among them. “There are quite a few men’s organisations which have been supporting the cause of women’s rights. We want to bring these groups to the fore through this unique programme,” Anand Pawar, executive director, Samyak, said.

Turkemistan: The country will host a women’s arts festival which will include “paintings, traditional carpet ornaments, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, and metal works from more than 70 female artists.” Their works will be on display at various museums in Ashgabat on March 8.

Poland: Tradtionally, Women’s Day in Poland has been marked by giving flowers, chocolates and gifts to women, however, over time the holiday has morphed into a day of women’s rights dialogue.For 10 years now, the International Women’s Day has been an opportunity for women to voice their opinions and persuade people that women share common interests and promote the idea that they should be more active and independent: do business, get into politics, demand equality within the family and in the workplace. For 10 years, the Polish organization called Porozumienie Kobiet 8 Marca (March 8 Women’s Alliance), supported by many women’s groups, has been organizing the biggest demonstration of women’s rights supporters, widely known as Manifa (march of protesters). It has become a grassroots democratic movement. The Manifas are being organized in many Polish cities, by local committees, comprised of NGOs, university gender studies programs, scientific associations, and informal groups or individuals.”

Italy: And in Rome, people will be rocking out to a sold-out Women’s Day concert which will include a tribute to South African civil rights activist Miriam Makeba who passed away in Italy last year.

How are you celebrating in your part of the world?

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