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Happy International Women’s Day – 100 years later!

March 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the global event since its inception in 1911.

International Women’s Day embarks on the story of ordinary women as creators of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women worldwide to participate in society on an equal footing with men. In ancient Greece, Lysistrata initiated a sexual strike against men in order to end war; during the French Revolution, Parisian women calling for “liberty, equality, fraternity” marched on Versailles to demand women’s suffrage.

 International Women’s day reminds us of why feminism and transnational networks of solidarity and unification must not lose its stamina. The feminist movement is rapidly changing…but there is still a long way to go.

I dedicate today to the women of the Middle East, as their role in front line activism and movements of uprise and revolt have allowed them to become beacons of hope for women worldwide. Docile, submissive and passive Arab women you say? …Think again!

With Gaza on my mind…I wish you all (and/or the beauties in your lives) a very Happy International Women’s Day!

In solidarity,

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