IWTC Women's GlobalNet #296

Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide 

March 7, 2006

A compilation of events to be held worldwide on International Women’s Day (March 8th)

Broadcast Campaigns for Women’s Day
World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters - Women’s International Network (AMARC-WIN) AMARC-WIN will celebrate International Women’s Day with 16-hours of broadcasting over the internet. Through documentaries, interviews, debates, poetry and music, community radio producers from Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America and the Caribbean will discuss the various challenges women face around the world such as domestic violence against women in India, the assassination of women in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, the situation of indigenous women through out the world and the challenges of integrating women with disabilities in the feminist movement in Quebec. In addition, the broadcast will highlight the tremendous work accomplished by women for the recognition of women’s rights, such as the example of grassroots women activists in the USA, the lesbian movement in South Korea and the essential role of women in peacebuilding in Asia and Africa.

The International Women’s Day campaign programs will be broadcast in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Korean and other languages.

IWTC’s radio productions on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in English, Filipino, Luganda and Swahili will be featured in this broadcast campaign.

Where: Individual files will be available for download at http://www.win.amarc.org
When: March 8
Contact: Sophie Toupin, AMARC International Secretariat, sophie@amarc.org For more information go to: http://www.win.amarc.org/

Johannesburg, South Africa
Launch of Media Diversity Journal and video conference about the Global Media Monitoring Project This event ties in with the release of the South African component of Global Media Monitoring Project report, a one-day study of news coverage that was carried out in 76 countries to document the participation and portrayal of men and women. A Media Diversity Journal will be launched at this event, followed by a video conference linking the global to the regional organizers of the study.
Where: Johannesburg
When: March 8, 12.30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
For more details, contact: Kubi Rama, ceo@gemsa.co.za, 082.378.8239.

Harare, Zimbabwe
March for women and presentations on women and decision making Organized by the United Nations Information Center (UNIC), this two-day event features a procession and a day-long collection of presentations on the topic of women and decision making.
Where: Procession from Africa Unity Square, Harare
Presentations at UNIC
When: Procession – March 8
Presentation – March 11, 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Organizer: UNIC, Zimbabwe
For more details, go to:

Mumbai, India
Felicitation of women
Women who have excelled in various fields like education, medicine, sports, literature etc. will be felicitated for their service to the community
Where: Town Hall, Ulhasnagar-3, Mumbai
When: March 8, 5.00 p.m.
Organizers: Giants Group of Ulhasnagar and Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation How to attend: Free entry
Contact: Raju Patil

Tokyo, Japan
Fifth joint UN house public forum on “Women in Decision-Making"
Where: UN House, 53-70 Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
When: March 8
For details on how to attend contact: Carol Jimenez, Ph: 81.3.3499.2811;
Fax: 81.3.3499.2828

Dharan, Nepal
IWD Rally and Public Mass Meeting
About 2,000 women from different parts of the town will gather in the main street of Dharan for a rally that will convert to a mass meeting where prominent figures will speak.
Where: Public High School, Dharan 12
When: 10 a.m.
Organizers: Dharan Municipality

Islamabad, Pakistan
Women’s Health Seminar
Shifa International Hospital will host a seminar to address health issues faced by Pakistani women. Experts will throw light on causes, control and treatment of physical, emotional, nutritional and psychological threats faced by them
Where: Shifa College of Medicine C-0 Auditorium
When: March 8. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Organizers: Shifa International Hospitals Ltd.
For details on how to attend contact: Javeria Ayaz Malik, Ph:

Second Annual Campaign for International Women’s Day The Global Fund for Women encourages women to host house parties, receptions, potlucks etc to raise awareness and funds to advance international women’s movements. Last year, Global Fund supporters organized 25 events across the nation – this year, the goal is 100 such events.
For more information, go to: http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/

Edmonton, Canada
An evening of ethnic performances and food, with guest speaker All proceeds from the evening will go towards rebuilding infrastructure and the physical reconstruction of the YWCA in Guyana.
Speaker: Senator Mobina Jaffer, Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Sudan.
When: March 8, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Where: Timms Centre for the Arts (U of A campus)
Cost: $25 in advance; $30 at door
Contact: Ph: 780.423.9922 ext. 221
For more information, go to: www.ywcaofedmonton.org Ottawa, Canada Reception and entertainment The Canadian theme for International Women's Week 2006 and this event is “Beyond Laws: The Right to be Me.” The theme aspires to address women's rights, women's diversity and the need to put words into action.
Speakers: Dr. Ruth M. Bell, The Honourable Judy Erola and Senator Raynell Andreychuk.
When: March 8, 2006; 5:30-8:30 pm
Where: National Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street
Organizers: Canadian Federation of University Women - Ottawa and Ottawa Council of Women
Cost: $25
For more information, go to: www.cfuw-ottawa.org/march8.pdf

New York, USA
Panel discussion on “Women in decision-making: Meeting challenges, creating change”
Speakers: Kofi Annan, Secretary-General (Opening)
Baleka Mbete Speaker, National Assembly, South Africa
Nabeela Abdulla Al-Mulla. Permanent Representative, Kuwait
Noeli Pocaterra, President of the Permanent Commission of
Indigenous Peoples National Assembly, Venezuela
Devaki Jain, Economist, India
Anne Kathrine Slungård, Chair, Statoil Board of Elections,
Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications
and Public Information (Moderator)
Where: United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 2
When: March 8, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Organizers: The Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women/DESA,the Division for the Advancement of Women/DESA,the Department of Public Information in collaboration with the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality.
How to attend: Open to the public (with a UN pass); Request to be seated by 9.50 a.m.
Contact: Sylvia Hordosch, Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women/DESA; Tel: 212.963.5450, e-mail:
For media enquiries contact: Renata Sivacolundhu, Department of Public Information,
Tel: 212.963.2932, e-mail: mediainfo@un.org For more information go to:

Panel discussion on “Breaking barriers: Gender and decision-making in the workplace”
Speakers: Barbara Crossette, Former Chief of New York Times United
Nations bureau
Mary Chamie, Chief of Demographic and Social Statistics
Branch, Statistics Division
Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for
Economic Development
Yasmeen Hassan, Social Affairs Officer, Division for the
Advancement of Women
Aparna Mehrotra, Focal Point for Women in the United
Nations (Moderator)
Where: United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 2
When: March 8, 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Organizers: The Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI) How to attend: Open to members of delegations, secretariat staff, accredited NGO representatives and media are invited to attend.
Contact: OSAGI Focal Point for Women; Tel: 212 963 6910

Women’s Day Celebrations at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
What: Panel discussion and musical entertainment Women’s rights leaders will discuss progress in the global struggle for women’s rights and the status of current efforts to end the subjugation of women in the developing world. The panel of distinguished speakers will be followed by an evening of entertainment by women musicians.
Speakers: Dr Jean Shinoda Bolen, lecturer and author
Charlotte Bunch, founder and executive director of the
Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers
Gloria Feldt, immediate past president of the Planned
Parenthood Federation and author
Noleen Heyzer, executive director of the UN Development
Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
Bianca Jagger, human rights activist and winner of the
2004 Right Livelihood Award
Dr. Speciosa Kazibwe, former Vice President of Uganda
Vivian Stromberg, executive director of MADRE, a women’s
human rights organization
Where: St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Park Ave between 50th and 51st streets
When: March 8, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Organizers: The Hunger Project, St. Bart's and the World, MADRE, Women's eNews, Center for Women's Global Leadership and the UN Division for the Advancement of Women.
How to attend: Event is open to the public but RSVP Carol Coonrod at csc@thp.org For more information go to: http://www.womensdaynyc.org/

Commemoration of International Women's Day and the UN Commission on the Status of Women
Speakers: Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Executive Director, Women
Advocates Research and Documentation Center
Mercy Olowu, President, Women in Ugborodo Community,
Warri, Nigeria
Doris Ojuya, Secretary, Women in Ugborodo Community,
Warri, Nigeria
Kakuna Kerina Senior Program Director/Senior Advisor for
Africa, International League for Human Rights (Moderator)
Where: Grace Dodge Hall, Room 179, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W.120th Street (btw. Broadway and Amsterdam)
When: March 8, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m
Organizers: Presented by the Institute of African Studies, the African Studies Working Group, the Center for African Education, and the International League for Human Rights For information on how to attend call: 212.854.4633 for more information.

Washington D.C, USA
International Women's Day Rally: Women Say No to War The "Women Say No To war" Campaign invites the public to join a delegation of Iraqi and American women, including mothers who have lost their children in the Iraq war, at a peace rally.
When: March 8
For more information, contact: Gael Murphy, dc@codepinkalert.org

Paris, France
International Round Table on Women in Politics This Round Table will bring together women leaders from different parts of the world and will emphasize the importance of women in politics as well as in the process of development in general.
Guest of honour: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia
When: March 8, 3 p.m.
Where: UNESCO, Room II

Paris, France
Multicultural concert: Voice of Women, but not only This event represents a dialogue between traditional, classical and contemporary music and will feature the participation of over 100 musicians and singers.
Where: UNESCO Headquarters Building Place Fontenoy, Paris 7th, France
When: March 8, 7.30 p.m.
Organizers: Melody for Dialogue among Civilizations Association
Cost: 25 Euros for ticket-checks to be sent to 27 Ave Foch Paris 75016 France or cash payments at the door
Contact: Mehri Madarshahi, madarshai2002@yahoo.com, 33672432644 For further information, go to: FNAC Paris- UNESCO.org

Gdañsk, Poland
Conference on women and culture
NEWW will host a conference titled “Woman in Culture - Culture in Woman (Kobieta w Kulturze - Kultura w Kobiecie). Overarching themes include gender in cultural, intercultural and social analyses, possibilities and barriers of self-development of women and women in art and literature.
These themes will be explored through workshops, photo and poster displays.
Where: University of Gdañsk, 6 Baýyñskiego street
When: March 8, 9 a.m.
Cost: Free
Organizers: The Psychology Institute at the University of Gdañsk, Department of Social Studies For more information, go to: psychologia.univ.gda.pl

Melbourne, Australia
Women Take Control – Lunchtime Presentation The speaker for the afternoon is K’nyaw Paw, a young leader who works with refugees from the Karen ethnic minority community of Burma. Free lunch will be served.
Where: Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
When: March 8, 12.30 p.m.
Cost: Suggested donation A$5; Please RSVP to WIRE on 1.300.134.130
Organizers: The IWDA and WIRE Women’s Information at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

Darwin, Australia
Colloquium on women
Charles Darwin University will host the International Women’s Day Colloquium about medical women in a war zone, women in electronics, women in the Socialist left in Australia, gender geography, women and terrorism, Indigenous women birthing issues, Burmese refugee women and more.
Speakers: Alderman Dorothy Fox, Dianne Stephens, Feluna Lloyd, Elizabeth Scott, Carole Kayrooz, Kathy De la Rue, Wendy Beresford-Maning, Kate Reid-Smith, Lesley Barclay, and Suzanne Belton.
Bernadine Atkinson will be performing.
Where: Mal Nairn Auditorium, Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus, Darwin
When: March 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Organizers: Charles Darwin University
For more information on how to attend, contact: Kate Reid-Smith at kate.reid-smith@cdu.edu.au New Caledonia, South Pacific Symposium on women in decision making and art for a good cause The SPC's Pacific Women's Bureau has organized an International Women's Day celebration that will offer a symposium on women in decision-making, workshops for the public and special performances by guest musicians and dancers throughout the day. Participants will be asked to express themselves on the topic of women in decision-making with paint on pareos at a special event called Pareos for Parity. All proceeds from Pareos for Parity will be donated to Case Coco, a shelter for women who have survived physical abuse and children.
When: March 8. all-day
For more information, contact: PWB media intern Jasonb@spc.int, 687.26.54.70

Tonga, South Pacific
Women’s Day celebrations
The program that has been coordinated by the Planning Committee and includes a prayer breakfast accompanied by Radio and Television
When: March 8
For more information, contact: Lilika Fusimalohi, Assistant Secretary, Women and Development Center, Prime Minister's Office, P.O.Box 62, Nuku'alofa, Tonga; Fax: (00676) 23-888; Work: (00676) 24-644l;
E-mail: lfusimalohi@pmo.gov.to


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