A Round-up of International Women’s Day Stories across the Globe


Gaza Women Suffer on ‘Their’ Day
Inter Press Service (IPS)
March 7, 2013

Growing old in Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza. Credit: Emad Badwan/IPS.

“In Gaza we don’t lead normal lives, we just cope, and adapt to our abnormal lives under siege and occupation,” says Dr. Mona El-Farra, a physician and a long-time human rights and women’s rights activist in the Gaza Strip. On International Women’s Day, when many of the world’s women are fighting for workplace equality and an end to domestic violence, Farra and the majority of Gaza’s women fight for the most basic of rights.” Read more.


Africa: Women as Leaders – Power, Participation and Progress in the 21st Century
March 8, 2013

Photo: Ky Chung Women celebrating International Women’s Day in Cote d’Ivoire (file photo).

…The continued dominance of political life in Africa by men is not good for men, it’s not good for women and it’s not good for the continent. Thankfully, this is a situation that is beginning to change…Where African governments have made gender parity a priority, there have been significant results – Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, and Mozambique all rank highly for their level of women’s representation parliament. The only country in the world with more than 50% of women in its legislature is Rwanda. Read more.


Empowering Women Around the World
Huffington Post
March 8, 2013
…As we see a growing international commitment to ending violence against women, we also need to see a rising understanding that women aren’t just victims: they’re also the solution. Even as civilian women are often military targets, they also hold the keys to peace. Involving women in active roles as peacemakers and peacebuilders — giving them a seat at the table during negotiations and ensuring that their voices are heard — is crucial to reducing violence.

A growing number of women, in traditionally male-dominated societies, are starting their own businesses, running for elected office, and becoming leaders in their communities. U.S. government small grant programs, as well as initiatives by private partners and multilateral institutions from the United Nations to the Inter-American Development Bank are empowering women — through education, microfinance, job training, and other important programs. Read more.

International Women’s day: 3 challenges women face around the world
Christian Science Monitor
March 8, 2013
Women continue to push into the higher echelons of the working world and get stronger legal protections, such as the just-renewed US Violence Against Women Act. But issues such as violence, inequality at work, and traditional expectations and cultural practices, such as child marriage, confront women on every continent around the world. Here is a sampling of challenges women faced this year: [1) violence, 2) Women in business, and 3) Entrenched perceptions]. Read more.

Photograph: Francis R. MalasigEPA

Photograph: Francis R. MalasigEPA


Picture desk live: the best news pictures of the day
The Guardian
March 8, 2013
Female protesters scuffle with riot police during a protest march to mark International Women’s Day in a street in Manila, the Philippines.

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Why it’s not OK to ‘man up’…why must the language of power be so masculine?
The Guardian
March 5, 2013
When asked by the Guardian to explain her use of the phrase, Harman (once dubbed “Harperson” for her desire to end sexist language) blamed the fact that the language of power is masculine. “I expressed what I wanted to say but not in a way I wanted to say it … I have tried to find a gender-neutral term and I just can’t.” Read more.


10 Reasons to Invest in Women
Huffington Post
March 8, 2013
At Opportunity International, we have seen the power of investing in one woman, then watching her make a difference not only in her family, but throughout her community… #6. Women who succeed in business will employ their neighbors and become leaders in their community. Women pay it forward. Read more.

Delhi Rape Victim ‘Nirbhaya’ gets postumous US award
Microfinance Monitor
March 9, 2013
…“Nirbhaya’s fight survives her. With great sadness, we honour Nirbhaya as a woman of exceptional courage,” Kerry said. “Nirbhaya’s bravery inspired millions with simple message: No more looking the other way when gender-based violence happens.” Nirbhaya was among 10 extraordinary women honoured by First Lady Michelle Obama, and Secretary of State John Kerry at the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State.

Photo credit: US State Department

[Other honorees were] Malalai Bahaduri, First Sergeant, Afghan National Interdiction Unit (Afghanistan); Samira Ibrahim, Coordinator, Know Your Rights (Egypt); Julieta Castellanos, Rector, National Autonomous University of Honduras (Honduras); Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin, President, Campaign for Democracy (Nigeria); Elena Milashina, journalist, human rights activist (Russia); Fartuun Adan, Executive Director, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre (Somalia); Tsering Woeser (Wei Se), Tibetan author, poet, blogger (China); Razan Zeitunah, human rights lawyer and Founder, Local Coordination Committees (Syria); and Ta Phong Tan, blogger (Vietnam). Read more.

2 thoughts on “A Round-up of International Women’s Day Stories across the Globe

  1. Bonjour Monsieur,

    J’ai reçu vos mail, mais il se fait que je n’ai pas la maîtrise de l’Anglais. Pouvez vous s’il vous plait m’aider à traduire vos écrits en français afin que je puisses aussi participer à l’enquête.

    D’avance merci.

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