As long time readers of this blog know, I am a strong supporter of International Women’s Day (March 8th, which will be the 100th anniversary of IWD). It is, without qualification, the most inspiring day of the year when women around the world stand together to celebrate our lives and raise awareness about the full spectrum of women’s human rights needs–an end to violence, education, economic parity, healthcare, etc.
Each year on this blog, I try to highlight some of the many wonderful activities that are taking place throughout the world. This year due to extraordinary other demands on my time, I will not be able to devote as much time to this as in previous years, but I will be writing a few posts and I want to begin with this amazing idea,
a group of enterprising young Lebanese women, have created a “No Rights, No Women” movement to make the Lebanese community and law makers understand how it feels to be a “half-citizen”. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, the women and their supporters (myself included) will give up their “womanship” in favor of their “citizenship”. They will dress like men, act like men, talk like men, and even BE men.They are urging all who support the “No Rights, No Women” movement… to dress like men and act like men in their universities, offices, in coffee shops, on the streets, and in their homes.
Click the link above and you can join them on Twitter and Facebook. But here is the best part–you can join the movement from wherever you are by growing a ‘stache and posting a picture of yourself as a man. So to make it easy for you, here is a moustache you can cut out and use for your transformation (their website offers a variety of other styles if this doesn’t suit):
Today Lebanon, tomorrow the world!
If you know of a great IWD celebration, please post a link in the comments!