International Women’s History Day, 8 March 2013
United States Women’s History Month, March 2013
Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination:
Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
|Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history,
– Myra Pollack Sadker
This Year’s International Women’s Day 2013 Events By Country
In 1980, the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) was founded in Santa Rosa, California, by Molly Murphy MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett, and Bette Morgan to broadcast women’s historical achievements.
Violence against women and girls — in peacetime and in conflict — knows no national or cultural boundaries.
Founded in 1935, the NCNW mission is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities.
The Global Fund For Women advances the rights of women and girls worldwide by increasing the resources for, and investing in, women-led organizations and women’s collective leadership for change.Learn more.
To advance women’s human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face. Learn more.
Women Living Under Muslim Laws is an international solidarity network that provides information, support, and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned, or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam. Learn more.
Why Women’s History?
History helps us learn who we are, but when we don’t know our own history, our power and dreams are immediately diminished.
Multicultural women are overlooked in most mainstream approaches to history, so many organizations like the National Women’s History Project, champion their accomplishments and lead the drive to write women back into history.
Recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life — science, community, government, literature, art, sports, medicine — has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and new opportunities for girls and young women. Read more.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. In some countries like China, Russia, Vietnam, and Bulgaria, IWD is a national holiday. The first IWD event was run in 1911, so 2011 saw the Global Centenary. Read more.
As recently as the 1970s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County [California] Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978.
The week of March 8th, International Women’s Day, was chosen as the focal point of the observance. The local Women’s History Week activities met with enthusiastic response, and dozens of schools planned special programs for Women’s History Week. Over one hundred community women participated by doing special presentations in classrooms throughout the country, and an annual “Real Woman” Essay Contest drew hundreds of entries. The finale for the week was a celebratory parade and program held in the center of downtown Santa Rosa, California. Read more
Every year on 8 March, the world celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD provides a common day for globally recognizing and applauding women’s achievements, as well as for observing and highlighting gender inequalities and issues. Year round, many organizations and individuals work tirelessly to support gender equality through a multitude of initiatives, causes, and actions. Read more.
Online Learning and Teaching Materials in 9 languages
El Día Internacional de la Mujer Trabajadora o Día Internacional de la Mujer conmemora la lucha de la mujer por su participación, en pie de igualdad con el hombre, en la sociedad y en su desarrollo íntegro como persona. Se celebra el día 8 de marzo.La primera convocatoria tuvo lugar en 1911 en Alemania, Austria, Dinamarca y Suiza extendiéndose su conmemoración, desde entonces, a numerosos países. En 1977 la Asamblea General de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) proclamó el 8 de marzo como Día Internacional por los Derechos de la Mujer y la Paz Internacional. Es fiesta nacional en algunos países.
UN Women was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 to accelerate progress on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Co-sponsored by UN Women, the International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics is an extensive online workspace and advocacy platform where everyone from elected officials to students can access resources, use tools, participate in forums, and get expert advice on women in political life. Learn more.
Gender & HIV/AIDS
GenderandAIDS.org aims to promote understanding, knowledge sharing, and action on HIV and AIDS as a gender and human rights issue. This comprehensive web portal offers up-to-date information on the epidemic from a gender perspective, a full range of resources, personal stories and commentaries, and multimedia advocacy tools. Learn more.
This portal makes available more than 200 evaluations on what works to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment.Learn more.
This web portal aims to facilitate the exchange of information between academics, practitioners, researchers, and activists working on gender budget initiatives. It features articles, research papers, and training tools, and it offers resources in Arabic, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Learn more.
Say NO — UNiTE to End Violence against Women —
UN Women’s Say NO initiative is a global platform for advocacy and action, engaging participants from all walks of life to prevent and address violence against women and girls. Learn more.
HIV / AIDS Awareness Day, 10 March 2013
This is my body…
Brokened by malnutrition,
Sold into sex trafficking.
This is my blood…
Shed through genital mutilation,
Abuse from my husband, wife, significant other,
Infected by HIV.
This is my life…
Taken by infanticide,
Lost through homicide, suicide,
Fires that rage through sweatshops in third world countries.
As you break the bread of your table,
Lift the cup of non fair trade coffee,
Put on your five dollar t-shirt,
We are intricately intertwined.