As we know, this Wednesday, March 8th, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. (https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Resources) There are tons of links online that promote the cause and this year’s theme: #Be Bold for Change. (https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Resources) )
Though it’s dangerous to cite just one of the dozens of area events, perhaps the most inclusive on the list is the IWD Community Meal sponsored by the Women’s Consortium, Wednesday, March 8, 6:00-8:00 PM at Tubman Center East,1725 Monastery Way in Maplewood. The idea is to bring a dish to share and a commitment to work for a more inclusive, gender-equal world. (RSVP@the Eventbrite link on MWC’s Facebook @MNwomen or contact MRC at 651 228 0338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.) Do check the Resources link for the robust agenda of related events; there are scores.
On the national scene sub-theme is “A Day Without a Woman”, a women’s strike that will take many forms. Planners of that national initiative say that “anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Women in or all of the following ways:” 1) Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid work; 2) Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small women-and minority-owned businesses); and/or 3) Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without Women. The sponsors add that “We ask that our male allies lean into care-giving on March 8th, and use the day to call on decision-makers at the workplace and in the government to extend equal pay and adequate paid family leave for women. More at #March8Strike and #DayWithoutAWoman.
And yet the initiative that struck me most profoundly is the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, an event planned under the rubric of IWD. The event spotlights both women and men who have made changes in their countries, whose experiences reflect their efforts to empower women to achieve gender equality and to bring about positive change. More about the Emirates Event here: http://www.emirateslitfest.com/ Having had the honor of working at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi several years ago I became acquainted with countless young Emirati women – I saw their potential and their challenges. I rejoice now that they will be part of the IWD celebration.