In San Jose, CA/US:
An ad hoc committee to celebrate Iranian women’s movement will host a rally in honor of International Women’s Day on March 7, 2010. The event is to be held in recognition of the courage and resilience Iranian women have shown during the last thirty one years of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Sunday, March 7, 2010, 1-4 pm
Cesar Chavez Plaza, Downtown San Jose
Wonderful photos from the Million Women Rise march in London:
On March 8, International Women’s Day, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) marks our commitment and continued affirmation this day and every day for the full recognition and fulfillment of women’s human rights and security in all spheres.
International Women’s Day is a day to acknowledge women’s rights for equal participation in economic and political decision-making, to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of women, and to denounce gender discrimination and gender violence.
WILPF rejects the notion that gender equality has been achieved. On the 15th anniversary of the historic Beijing World Conference on Women, the United Nations must move without further delay to implement changes that it has repeatedly recognized as critical to fulfilling its mandate of working for gender equality as a crucial component of development, human rights, peace, and security.
UN Member States must also be held accountable for the commitments they have already made to women. This year marks the tenth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which urges Member States to ensure increased representation of women in the prevention, management and resolution of conflict.
WILPF calls for full implementation of all four United Nations Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security (UNSCR 1325, 1820, 1888, and 1889).
IWD in Toronto (love the black and white photography!):
The Independent (UK) looks at 100 women who changed the world and also analyzes how much progress we’ve made when it comes to women’s rights.
Amnesty supporters in London stage a die-in to highlight maternal mortality.
And finally, from a collection of SMS messages in honor of IWD:
Where she can be flying
She don’t ask for the wings,
Just break up her rings