March 8th 2011 marks the centenary of the very first International Women’s Day which was inaugurated on 19th March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. On that day, more than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.
On the eve of World War I, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. That year it was agreed to transfer the day to 8th March and this day has remained the global date for International Women’s Day ever since.
The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2011 is: “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.”
Women around the world celebrate the day in a range of ways from decorating boots, taking free flights and taking part in mass rallies, to highlight discrimination against women. Here are some highlights from the events taking place around the world for International Women’s Day 2011 – feel free to add yours in the comments box below:
7.30 to 14.30 2011 GEAR UP GIRL SYDNEY CHALLENGE women’s cycling participation event, Sydney Olympic Park Loop (Approx. 20kms) Cronulla to Sydney Olympic Park (Approx 50kms), Sydney. Organised by Bicycle NSW http://www.gearupgirl.com.au/
10.30 to 17.00 Frock on Bikes – Melbourne International Women’s Day market and picnic ride. Meet at Edinburgh Gardens Rotunda, St George’s Rd, Fitzroy North, 3068. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=124954224244086#!/event.php?eid=124954224244086
14.00 to 15.00 TALK – THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL: AUSTRALIAN WOMEN PIONEERING CHANGE
Professor Hilary Charlesworth, Australia Research Council laureate fellow, lawyer and ANU academic, speaks of the women in the NPG collection who have changed Australian society. National Portrait Gallery of Australia King Edward Terrace Parkes, ACT, 2600
10.00 to 11.00 TRIPLE OLYMPIAN TO CELEBRATE AT QUT CABOOLTURE EVENT
About: Come celebrate International Women’s Day with Marayke Jonkers- Australian Paralympic medallist, Paratriathlete, motivational speaker and founder of charitable foundation Sporting Dreams.
Venue: Room J1.15 QUT Caboolture Campus Corner of Manley & Tallon Streets, Caboolture, 4510
12.00 to 2.00 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MUSIC EVENT. Central Courtyard of the Macquarie University campus., North Ryde, 2109
12.30 to 2.30 WAC: PICNIC IN THE PARK – All women of all nationalities and their families invited to join us in celebrating IWD 100th Anniversary with a fundraising Picnic. Morwell Rose Garden Picnic in the stunning Morwell Rose Garden, Morwell, 3840. Organised by Gippsland Trades & Labour Council Inc (GTLC): GTLC’s Women’s Action Coalition provides a froum for issues rlated to women in the workforce.
6.30 to 8.30 THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS – The first wave thought the vote would do it, the second that laws and equal opportunities would solve the inequities but we are not there yet, wherever there is. On the one hand, we have made a lot of changes in the last hundred years but now we seem to be stalled. Do we need to rethink again? The History Council of NSW and Macquarie University present this lecture by Eva Cox, well known academic and feminist. Museum of Sydney, cnr of Bridge and Phillip Streets, Sydney 2000.
18.00 to 19.00 JOIN WOMEN ON THE BRIDGE MELBOURNE A global campaign to unite women over the world to show that women are building bridges of peace for the future. A rally for peace. Wear white for peace or red for the blood of women. Carry your banners of peace, say No! To war, Yes! to peace. A global campaign to support women in war torn countries such as Iraq, Sudan, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and Bosnia. “Changing the world, one woman at a time.”. Sandridge Bridge Southbank Melbourne Map 1D, Q2, Melbourne, 3204
18.30 to 21.30 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE. Celebrate IWD with BPW & special guest speaker Jacqui Zalcberg – human rights lawyer and legal adviser to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples. Captains Room, Skilled Stadium, Moorabool Street Geelong, Geelong, 3216
18.00 to 20.00 MOSMAN CELEBRATING THE CENTENARY OF INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY. Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, will be delivering an address in celebrating International Women’s Day. Free event. Bookings are essential. Numbers are limited. The Office for Women’s Policy supports IWD events. Mosman Drill Hall Cross St, Mosman, Mosman, 2088
17.00 to 20.00 HALF THE SKY: CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY THOUGH STORY AND SONG An evening of story and song from Central Australian women featuring The Desert Divas, Drum Atweme and Ruby Neale. At: Uniting Church Lawns, Todd Mall, Alice Springs. Organised by Alice Springs Womens Shelter
7.30 to 9.30 JOIN WOMEN ON THE BRIDGE SYDNEY A global campaign to unite women in support of women in war torn countries. Carry banners to say No! to war and Yes! to peace. Meet at 3 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2000 before proceeding to walk the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway. (Coincident with a celebrity BridgeClimb event.), Sydney, New South Wales, 2000
12.00 to 1.45 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY LUNCHEON Zimbabwean Anna Kamuti shares her journey & how she now supports over 500 orphans and provides education to give them a brighter future. The Mini Auditorium Suncoast Christian Church Cnr Kiel Mtn & Schubert Rds. , Woombye., 4559
18.00 to 19.30 THE GRACE VAUGHAN MEMORIAL LECTURE 2011 Free Public lecture – ‘From Symbolic Mother to Public Protector: women working in corrective services’ by Professor Emerita Anne Worrall, Keele University. University Club Theatre Auditorium, The University of Western Australia. (The nearest carpark is P3 off Hackett Drive Entrance 1). , Perth, 6008
14.00 to 22.00 Demonstration at the Ring Boulevard in Vienna. Organised by http://www.20000frauen.at/
13.30 to 17.30 SEMINAR ON WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. JUMP and Senate Members, Marie Arena and Hassan Bousetta, invite you to the Senate. The seminar will be translated into three languages (Dutch, English and French). SENAT Maison des parlementaires. Salle des congrès, Bruxelles, 1009
Bosnia & Herzegovina
11.00 to 18.00 MARCH FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS The traditional CURE March on the International Day of Women takes places for the 6th time in the Bosnia and Herzegovina capital, Sarajevo. Marching the streets of Sarajevo with performance and global solidarity. Downtown Sarajevo Presidency to Olde Towne, Sarajevo, 71000
15.30 to 17.00 AUTUMN GEM: A DOCUMENTARY ON MODERN CHINA’S FIRST FEMINIST Meet the “Chinese Joan of Arc” Qiu Jin, a radical feminist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army. Free screening. Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond Conference Centre Room 2550 Side B – 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond, V6X 3V8. Also showing on; 1st March 2011 19.00 to 21.00, 2nd March 2011 19.00 to 20.30.
12.00 to 5.00 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 100TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE AND FESTIVAL. Community event for families, artists, performers, women, union members – together in a Parade followed by a Festival to celebrate IWD2011. Celebrate Women – Past, Present, Future. Commercial Drive and surroundings, Vancouver, BC
6th March 2011
13.00 to 16.00 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION: STRONG WOMEN, STRONG WORLD. Today we will be celebrating the strength of Aboriginal women in Saskatchewan and their contribution to a strong world. Song, Dance, Drums, Speakers, Ceremonies. A march will be held at the end to bring awareness to all the exploited and missing Aboriginal women in Canada. Oskayak High School, Saskatoon
12.00 to 21.00 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!! Haldimand Norfolk Women Services & Final Touch Ladies Fitness Centre Invites you to a day of FREE EXERCISE CLASSES On Tuesday March 8th!!!!! Location: Final Touch building on Park road in Simcoe., Simcoe
4.30 to 7.30 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARCH: RESPECT, PEACE, LOVE, AND JUSTICE – 100 YEAR’S OF WOMEN’S RESISTANCE. 4:30 PM: Speakers and chants by the Radical Cheerleaders 5:30 PM: March ~6:30 PM: Raging Grannies and community feast at the UofW’s Bulman Centre. The march will begin at Union Centre (Smith and Broadway), stop at the Legislature, and then finish at the University of Winnipeg., Winnipeg, MB
4.30 to 7.00 WOMEN ON THE BRIDGE FOR PEACE Join us at Peace Arch Provincial Park to celebrate 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day and to for Women connecting with Women on the Bridge for Peace. Peace Arch Provincial Park, Surrey BC, V4B 4P3
18.00 to 20.00 CAFE GALT: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Dr. Glenda Bonifacio and Dr. Sheila McManus celebrate the 100th Anniversary of IWD by exploring its history, global significance, and pressing issues uniting women globally. Galt Museum & Archives [Servus Credit Union Learning Studio], Lethbridge, T1J 1Y4
7.30 SALLY ARMSTRONG Hear distinguished international journalist, human rights activist and award-winning author Sally Armstrong speak on the role women are playing as change-makers in our world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Rwanda and Afghanistan, her eye witness reports have earned her awards including the Amnesty International Media Award in 2000 and again in 2002. EPCOR CENTRE’s Engineered Air Theatre 205, 8th Ave. SE Calgary, AB T2G 0K9, Calgary. Organised by: Impact First International:
7th – 9th March
10am – 3pm FREE AIRPLANE RIDES FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN AT OSHAWA AIRPORT. During the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, March 7 to 13, women and girls aged 8 and older are invited for a short flight in a small airplane. The flights will be conducted at the Oshawa Airport (near Toronto, Ontario). Oshawa Airport, Ontario, winner of the 2010 “Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport in Canada and the World” award, Oshawa, ON. Organised by Women of Aviation Worldwide: http://womenofaviationweek.org/rsvp/canada/
10.00 to 12.00 MEMORY MARCH Memory March is a walk/vigil to honour over 4,000 women and children missing or murdered in Canada. The names of the missing/murdered are displayed at Civic Plaza-a minute of silence. Mill Lake Park, entrance off Emerson by the water Park-picnic area., Abbotsford, V2S 6K6
7.00 to 8.00 CELEBRATING THE HEART AND SPIRIT OF WOMEN IN ROTARY We will celebrate the impact that women have had on Rotary International especially in the Cayman Islands on this the Centenary of International Women’s Day. Grand Old House, George Town
10.00 to 22.00 INTERNATINAL WOMEN DAY. conference, dance and music performances, photos exhibition, video interviews, exotic food, and more. Aix en Provence, 13090. http://www.asc-lea.fr/
6pm to 4pm March for Women (morning 6.30 a.m.) Address to Women, Craft exhibition and sale (afternoon 4p.m.) at Rose Hall Wesleyan Church Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, 061
6th March 18.00 – 8th March 14.00 WOMEN IN SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE DIGITAL AGE. Joint High-level Conference organized by the European Commission DG INFSO and the Hungarian EU Presidency in collaboration with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and ECWT. Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. Organised by European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT) http://www.asszisztencia.hu/ntit/
4th February 9.15 – 5th March 5.30 NATIONAL WOMEN EMPOWERMENT SPORTS MEET 2011 Programme will be graced by the Judges of Supreme Court of India and 4 Judges of Delhi High Court. Programme will be coordinated by Eminent social activists of Country Ms. Tarang Gaur and Ms. Haripriya Joshi. Venue: Talkatora Indoor Stadium. It was the venue of Boxing event of Commanwealth Game, Delhi, 110092. Organised by Bhagidari Jan Sahyog Samiti
11.00 to 16.00 EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION HEALTH AND A LIFE OF DIGNITY. Event being organised by college students of YWCA CALCUTTA. GALLOWAY HOUSE MIDDLETON ROW OFF PARK STREET NEAR LORETO HOUSE, CALCUTTA, 700071
29th March 8am – 30th March 5pm 100 YEARS OF ASIAN WOMEN’S RESISTANCE: RIGHTS, EMPOWERMENT AND LIBERATION. CAW organises together with Asian Rural Women’s Coalition bringing together peasants, women workers from the formal and informal sectors, indigenous women, minority groups and Dalits, agricultural, fisherfolks. There will be public gatherings and workshop and the launch of Honouring 100 women. Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu. Organised by Committee for Asian Women (CAW). http://www.cawinfo.org/
19.00 to 20.00 “Is gender really an issue?” Join in the debate with our panel of female scientists. Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory is a space age science centre and research observatory housed in a 16th century castle, Cork
13.00 to 14.00 HISTORY OF THE SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT IN IRELAND BY MARY CULLEN. Mary Cullen is a former Senior Lecturer in Modern History at NUI, Maynooth and is currently a Research Associate at the Centre for Geneder & Women’s studies at Trininty College. To be held at Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin, Dublin 1. http://www.dublincity.ie/COMMUNITY/Pages/InternationalWomensDay.aspx
18.00 to 21.00 WOMEN FOR EUROPE CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY. The barriers to women’s entry into politics are well known. Join us and four female survivors of the 2011 General Election for a solutions-focused discussion looking at the steps we can take now to double the number of women candidates in the next election. Dublin Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 1, Dublin. Organised by Women for Europe: Women for Europe is a network of women set up to campaign for a ‘yes’ vote in the Treaty of Lisbon re-run referendum. Now, nearly two years later, we have decided to move on and focus exclusively on women’s representation in national politics. Contact Niamh or Michelle at email@example.com for more details.
19.00 to 23.00 INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY. To celebrate ‘International Women’s Day, 2011’ Amnesty International, Amnesty Interational Laois Branch will host a literary and music evening in Kavanagh’s bar, Main St., Portlaoise.
17.00 to 19.00 INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY PARADE from the teacher’s center, bee’ar sheva.
9.00 to 4.00 PROCESSION & RALLY Women’s organisations will join together to mark this event. The procession starts from Treasury Square in Mombasa, 80100, to the Municipal Stadium where there will be a rally attended by the administration, MPs and other invited guests. Organised by the Caucus for Women Leadership – Mombasa, an umbrella organisartion.
8.10 to 12.15 WOMEN’S RALLY IN SINDHULI. Walking from four different communities in Sindhuli gathering at Dakaha, Sindhuli, 047. RUWON Nepal.
11.10 to 15.15 WOMEN’S RALLY IN KATHMANDU. Rural Women’s Network Nepal (RUWON Nepal) is going to organize really in the 8th March in Kathmandu. Ratnapark-Sahid gate-New Road-Ratnapark, Kathmandu. Organised by Rural Women’s Network Nepal (RUWON Nepal): Rural Women’s Network Nepal (RUWON Nepal) is an autonomous non-governmental organization working for the rights and development of children, youth and women in Nepal since five years. We are focusing our work in backward communities in different parts country. http://www.ruwonnepal.org.np/
16.10 to 16.10 WOMEN’S SPEAKING COMPETITION IN KATHMANDU Women from five different communites will gather in Saraswatinagar Kathmandu. They will speak about the situation of Nepalese women. Venue: Sagarmatha Educational Academy, Saraswatinagar Kathmandu, Kathmandu, 01. Organised by: Rural Women’s Network Nepal (RUWON Nepal) and Mahila Jyoti Women’s School.
10.00 to 2.00 EQUAL ACCESS TO POLITICAL PARTICIPATION FOR WOMEN The proposed event on equal access to political participation is to create a platform for Community women in Kaduna State Nigeria to know all the registered political parties, their Manifestos, Ideologies and flag bears at all levels. ABANTU for Development-Nigeria Country Office, Y.A Ahmed Building, Plot F6 Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna State, 800001. Organised by ABANTU for Development (NCO).
14.00 to 18.30 CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Sengkang’s Women Executive Committee (WEC) will celebrate IWD to inspire women and celebrate achievements together with their families, friends and the community. Multi-purpose Hall @ Sengkang Community Club 2 Sengkang Square, #01-01 Sengkang Community Hub, Singapore, 545025
7pm: “I’m not a feminist, but …” Panel discussion. Graduate Union, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd
3pm: Caramel (PG) IWD film screening, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. Tickets from £6.50. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd
5.15pm: ‘Iraqi Women’s Untold Stories: Between Violence and Mobilisation’ IWD Lecture with Professor Nadje Al-Ali, Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Free ticketed event. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd
10.30am–2pm: Workshops, vintage and recycled clothing and much more! IWD Community Celebration, Ross Street Community Centre, Mill Road. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd
12–2pm “Voices of Women: Past, Present and Future”. Speakers, displays, music and poetry Central Library, Grand Arcade, Cambridge. Speakers include Chief Executive of the City Council, Antoinette Jackson, City Councillor Sarah Brown and the University of Cambridge’s Gender Equality Champion, Professor Dame Athene Donald. The event also includes performances from local slam-poet and winner of British Airways Great Britons 2010, Hollie McNish, theatre group Freudian Slips and singers, Women of Note. This promises to be a lively afternoon. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd
12.30pm for 1.00pm Lord Mayor’s Appeal Annual IWD Lunch hosted by the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Gillian Hill plus guest speaker(s). Great Victoria Hotel, Bradford. Booking essential and numbers will be limited – cost usually around £20. For more details please contact SI President Sandra Howard 01274 777723 or 07880 738657
3.30pm – 5.30pm Civic Reception & Tour of City Hall. Followed by Afternoon Tea in the Banqueting Room. Booking advised, numbers will be limited to around 100 – no charge. For more details please contact SI President Sandra Howard 01274 777723 or 07880 738657
6.30pm Special IWD Service of Celebration at Bradford Cathedral followed by light refreshments: All Welcome. For more details please contact SI President Sandra Howard 01274 777723 or 07880 738657
7.30 – 9pm: Afghan and Iranian dance, world food and poet ‘Realitie’. IWD Community Celebration, Ross Street Community Centre, Mill Road. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd
6 – 8pm “The problem is women have families” Women’s lives in higher education, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd
6.30 – 8pm Ignored Alone, Powerful Together: Women’s Clubs in India A Village Outreach Society film and talk Anglia Ruskin University, East Road. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd
6 –7.30pm ‘Rape as a Weapon of War’ Talk hosted by Cambridge Rape Crisis Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd.
11am –1pm FREE Drumming Workshop Graduate Union Cafe, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge. Booking essential. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd.
2.30 – 4pm The Women of the Folk Museum: talk and tour, Cambridge Folk Museum. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd.
3–9pm Festival of documentaries about women with director Sue Sadbury and Q&A, Cripps Court, Magdalene College, Cambridge. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd.
7.30pm The Freudian Slips Stitch Up Cambridge Women’s theatre group, Ross Street Community Centre, Cambridge, £4/£3 concessions. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd
3pm Made in Dagenham (15) IWD film screening and Q&A, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Tickets from £6.50. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd
Women as Agents of Change: Educating Women, Transforming Society.
Location: House of Commons, London
Organiser: Commonwealth Secretariat, Council for Education in the Commonwealth, London South Bank University & Soroptimist International.
Event: High level keynote speakers from across the Commonwealth will lead the debate on the role of women’s education in transforming our society. This half day conference will feed into policies in Commonwealth countries for women, education and social transformation. The opening Address will be delivered by the Chairperson-in-office, Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Mininster of Trinidad and Tobago.
The event is open to everyone committed to education for Commonwealth women. Admission is free of charge.
For more information see our website at: http://www.cecomm.org.uk/ or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
1–2pm A Journey into the World of Ancient Greek and Roman Women, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd.
5–6pm WiSETI Lecture: ‘Thinking in Two Languages – My Adventures in Science & Literature’ with Professor Sunetra Gupta, Robinson College, Grange Road, Cambridge. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd
7–9pm Cambridge Alumni (CARO) and Graduate Union IWD Celebration Speakers & networking reception, The Vivien Stewart Room, Murray Edwards College. tel: 01223 764091 www.cambridge.gov.uk/iwd
11am – 2pm ROGUE VALLEY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2011
A community-wide celebration with live music and food and a recognition of the achievements of women past and present, including local women civic leaders. Held outdoors on the Plaza in downtown Ashland., Ashland, Oregon, 97520
12.00 to 1.30 “OUR HISTORY IS OUR STRENGTH” Rally at the Missoula Court House featuring readings honoring local MT women over last 100 years. May include local women’s choir and costumes! Reception to follow at University of Montana 4:45-6:00 followed by DocuWomentry hosted by ASUM Women’s Center. Missoua Court House, UofM UC, Missoula. organised by WORD Inc, ASUM Women’s Center, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Missoula Women for Peace, others welcome!
3pm – 6.30pm “SOARING TOWARDS GENDER DEMOCRACY: REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT WOMEN FOR CHANGE” Refugee and Immigrant Women for Change Coalition invite you to our second annual International Women’s Day event to engage, speak and act for achieving a gender equitable world where healthy families and communities thrive. St. Kate’s University, Coeur de Catherine Student Center, Ballroom and Atrium, Minneapolis, 55406. Organised by CAPI and Refugee and Immigrant Women for Change Coalition.
5.30 to 7.30 “THE FIRE THAT IGNITED A MOVEMENT OF WOMEN WORKERS” Women’s eNews invites you: hear leading scholars and activists discuss the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, and its impact on worker rights for women and immigrants. Hunter College, Hunter West Building 1st Floor Lobby, New York, 10065. http://www.womensenews.org/events-at-womens-enews
5.30pm – 8pm: MARCH 8TH AGAINST THE WAR Women’s day protest against wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, Federal Building in Westwood/Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 90024. Ogranised by Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, & Marginalization (AF3IRM). http://www.af3irm.org/events/march-8th-against-war-los-angeles
6.30pm – 8.30pm Panel discussion at John Jay College of Criminal Justice 899 Tenth Avenue New York, Room 630T, NY, 10019, New York, 10019