March 8, International Women’s Day


Pledge for Parity … read more


Today Yolanda read the following statement at the Human Rights Council in solidarity with all trafficked girls and women throughout the world calling for a ‘Life Course Perspective’ to address the root causes of human trafficking .  Zelna Oosthuizen, link counselor from the Congregational Leadership Team to the GSIJP Office was present at the session.  This statement was make in collaboration with the Sisters of Mercy.


CSW 59 – Proceeded by NGOCSW Consultation Day and Women’s Day March


CSW 59, Beijing+20 is now in its third day.  It was preceded with the NGOCSW Consultation Day at the Apollo Theater, NY on Sunday March 8th which was International Women’s Day.  Maureen McGowan, Andrew Boyle, (Handcrafting Justice) Sarah Benson (Ruhama) Nancy Fritche Egan  and myself attended the day and march.

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2015-03-08 07.50.072015-03-08 07.50.22  The opening event included songs from Mexico (1975), Denmark (1980), Kenya (1985), and China (1995) – the venues of the 4 World Conference on Women.  The songs gave way to readings from the UN Conferences by Mahnaz Afkhami, former Minister of Women’s Affairs of Iran and President/CEO of Women’s Learning Partnership, H. E. Ambassador Ib Peterson from Denmark, Sheila Katzman, Chair of the Cities for CEDAW/New York City, and Tanya Selvaratnam, Producer/Artist and author of “The Big Lie”.

Each world conference contributed significantly to the ongoing struggle for gender equality and women’s and girls’ human rights.  A slogan I hear repeated often is ‘Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights.’  Personally, I immediately include ‘GIRLS’.  The girls of today are the women of tomorrow. The focus in 1975 (Mexico) was on Gender Equality and an International year of Women, 1980 (Copenhagen) Women Peace and Security, 1990 (Nairobi)  Sexual and reproductive rights and 1995 delivered the Beijing Declaration and platform for Action, a framework that is as relevant today as when drafted with new realities presenting new challenges.

The keynote address was delivered by Ruchira Gupta, Women of Distinction Awardee and founder of Apne Aap. She issued a very strong call to have a world where the dignity of the last girl is upheld and envisioning a world where girls and women cannot be bought and sold.  A quote ‘If we normalize the exploitation of some women we normalize the exploitation of all.’



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Dr. Gertrude Mongella – “educator, politician, diplomat activist”, former Under-Secretary General, UN Fourth World Conference on Women address the gathering on what Beijing Plus 20 must achieve.


The afternoon panel presented the perspectives of young activists. This was a superb panel – Emilia Reyes –Equidad de Genero: Esther Kimani – Young Women’s Leadership Institute Nairobi Diana Mao – NOMI Network;  Geraldo Porteny Backal – Young Men for Gender Equality; – Faith Nenkai Metiaki – Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Forum des educatrices africaines.  The Discussant was Thayvie Sinn – Save Cambodia. The panel was excellently moderated by Fabio Palacio – International Movement ATD 4th World.

The day ended with joining the women’s march for International Women’s Day.  Thanks to my Loretto friends for the photographs.

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Links to other pictures Gender Equality March  and NY Times

Lebanon’s Plan for the Celebration of International Women’s Day

Flyer for the event in Arabic

On the occasion of  International Women’s Day, March 8, 2013  the Good Shepherd Sisters are honored to invite you to a conference given by two experts on Women’s Rights &  The Role of Women in Society.                                                                                                                                        Venue:  Theater of Jdeideh Municipality, Lebanon                                                                         Date:  Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10.00 a.m. 

Celebration of International Women’s Day in Sri Lanka

The International Women’s Day  was an enriching experience for all of us the Temporary Professed sisters in Sri Lanka / Pakistan as we joined with our sisters to take part in a rally organized to commemorate this day. For some of us this was the first time to participate at a rally organized for the women on behalf of the women in our land and all over the world.

Read more and see the photographs      The slogans  “No to rape”, “Dharma stands for Justice”, Dharma stands for Life”.      “Religion cannot tolerate violence against women”     Time for Action”, “Wipe out rape from our Land”,    Uphold Women’s Rights” etc.  are the very same issues being negotiated by member states at Commission on the Status of Women 57th Session.  Attached is the text proposed  to member states.  After one week of negotiations there are many contentious issues to be resolved.


March 8 – Happy International Women’s Day

Happy Women DayFrom the GSIJP Office in New York and  CSW 57 with my colleagues Ferew Lemma (Ethiopia) and Wanching Chen (Tiawan) we wish you ‘Happy International Women’s Day.


Wanching The song  ‘One Woman’ was launched today at the Celebration in the United Nations with Mr Ban Ki Moon, Ms Michelle Bachelet and H.E. Mr. Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the UN.    Listen to the Song

The 2013 theme for International Women’s Day, “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”

Quoting from Ms Michelle Bachelet  ‘My message today is: We cannot move backwards, we must keep moving forward. It is what we owe to millions of women fighting for their rights around the world.

We find ourselves at a tipping point in history.

Never before have we witnessed such global momentum and mobilization by men and women, girls and boys, demanding an end to violence against women and girls. …”  Read More     ” The 57th Commission on the Status of Women must uphold, and should advance, the full human rights of women. This is what women and girls all over the world expect from us!”


Another slideshow of International Women’s Day

We gathered at the corner of 41st and 1st Avenue, walked up 41st to 2nd Avenue and up 2nd Avenue to 47th, into Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza where there was a circle dance, druming and singing.

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Celebration of International Women’s Day March 8, 2012 with NGOCSW

Some photos of the celebration with the NGOCSW in New York.  Banners were not permitted.  Instead each person work a yellow sash inscribed with an advocacy issue, the fulfillment of which would ensure a better quality life for girls and women worldwide. 

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