International Women's Day

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Did you know this week marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day? Specifically, March 8th 2011 is the day when men and women all over the world took time to celebrate women’s achievements and recognise the need for further social change.

From their website: “Thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.”

We chatted with a few of our female guides and did a bit of research to learn more about the celebrations and events being held around the world – here’s a sampling:

• In New Delhi, Indian female entrepreneurs gathered to present information and network at “Women Entrepreneur Day.”

• In Guatemala City, the Oxlajuj B’atz’ (Thirteen Threads) a non-profit indigenous women’s empowerment and education organization, celebrated indigenous Maya women artisans from Guatemala.

• In Kenya, the Nairobi National Museum showcased the works of 15 women artists from Gambia, Sudan, Germany and Kenya.

• In the United Kingdom, there was a multi-cultural “Mother’s March” through the streets of London, promoting awareness of poverty levels among women.

• In Kyiv, the Ukrainian House presented 100 photos of every day women through history, from 1911 to today.

• In Zagreb, a free-of-charge theme city tour "Women of Zagreb" attracted some 200 citizens. Each guide bore a name of an important woman from Zagreb history. (Our guide Jelena represented Zagorka, the first Croatian female journalist and a women’s rights activist.)

At home here in Vancouver, women and their families gathered on March 5th along the streets of Commercial Drive (the site for many of the city’s festivals, protests, and boisterous gatherings) with a parade, music, costumes and speakers.

Did you mark this occasion in any way?
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