8 March 2010

100th anniversary of International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) is marked on March 8 every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries (primarily Russia and the countries of former Soviet bloc). In some celebrations, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love to the women around them in a way somewhat similar to Mother's Day and St Valentine's Day mixed together. In others, however, the political and human rights theme as designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

2010 International Women's Day

On occasion of 2010 International Women's Day the International Committee of the Red Cross is drawing attention to the hardship displaced women endure. The displacement of populations is one of the gravest consequences of today's armed conflicts. It affects women in a host of ways.

Women displaced by armed conflict – often living alone with their children – are frequently exposed to sexual violence, discrimination and intimidation. Many face poverty and social exclusion as well. International humanitarian law therefore includes specific provisions protecting women, for example when they are pregnant or as mothers of young children.

in wikipedia

see events at International Women's Day site and more information at the UN's «Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all» appeal

Happy International Women's Day!















37 comments:

  1. Kind regards to you Joana, on International Women's Day.
    Kay

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  2. thank you Kay, kind regards to you as well for being 'here' :)

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  3. For one awful moment there, I thought you were going to say `our Kate` was being hailed as the International woman of the year !!!
    Phew !!

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  4. Virtual flowers and best wishes to you, Joana and to every woman all around the world!

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  5. No mention of Kate McCann? Thank goodness!

    They just seem to want to wind us all up, so I was expecting something!

    I still just cannot grasp where the BBC and Aled Jones are coming from by having Kate McCann talking about 'her faith'! At best she is famous for having failed to keep her daughter safe. Why do we care how her faith is helping her get over that behaviour? It was not a mistake, it was a deliberate and repeated act, even after the child had questioned their behaviour herself - they did it again!

    How the hell is this justification for letting her talk as if she was some kind of heroine?

    Come on Aled, for goodness sake THINK man!

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  6. Happy International Woman's Day, Joana!

    (It's my daughter's birthday, too. Great planning on my part, eh?)

    Mil bjs,
    debk

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  7. En cet anniversaire , cette belle chanson de Ferrat inspiré par Aragon: "La femme est l'avenir de l'homme"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ8d1WY27RI

    Frencheuropean

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  8. Kind regards Joana, today on international woman's day.
    Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
    Susan, Jersey

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  9. With heartfelt gratitude to the fabulous women who work tirelessly to produce this blog in the pursuit of truth.

    Informing, inspiring.and invaluable!

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  10. ;;)Your work on behalf of universal Truth (and the dignity of your people) borders the extra-ordinary. International Joana's Day to you! Cheers!

    x( "Eh! Who barked? Who brought these dogs in here?"

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  11. Felicidades, Joana, en este día. No cabe duda de que eres una super mujer.

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  12. Equal rights, equal opportunities,

    including for Madeleine?

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  13. A source close to the McCanns informed today that Kate will be interviewed by the Virgin Mary Herself, next Sunday, BBC2 radio, Mothers'Day.

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  14. I'm a day late, but here's to women the world over and a special raising of my glass to Joana et al who never fail to bring us bang up to date news on the McCann Saga!

    Kate McCann - "Woman of the Year" - it could happen, remember Gerry being given a standing ovation as "Father of the Year" and by the British Police no less!

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  15. JillyCL - I second that !!!!

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  16. International woman of the year goes to Joana

    Thanks Joana for all the hard work and dedication you and your team have been doing over the years, I don’t know where you get the energy to do it day after day but do,
    Kind regards X

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  17. 2010-WOMEN OF THE YEAR:-

    Write and translate here, and we (the men) are grateful.

    Kate McCann and her husband are a warning to others, of how to leave children at risk of significant harm.


    An Englishman

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  18. Let's all listen. Let us hear what she has to say.
    Maybe, just maybe, her new found faith will tell her to do the right thing.

    "Oink, Oink" Look there goes another one !!

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  19. thank you guys, but the International Women's day is not a prize, maybe it's a day in which we can reflect on the women in our lives, our mothers, grandmothers, girlfriends, and their role in our upbringing and growth; it's a day to reflect on the role of the women in the society, the achievements conquered and what still needs to be conquered; it's a day where we celebrate women everywhere, women with cultural and ethnic differences - and is a day where we can specially think about women who are still facing the secular oppression of men, who do not have rights or freedoms like we have in the western world.

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  20. Selfless as alway's Joana, the world we be a far better place with more Joana's in it that's for sure.
    Thank you

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  21. Thank you French European @ 8. What a lovely song, but who is Aragon? I know it is a part of Spain, but wonder if it means something else here.

    Also Joanna, as always, with such great thanks to you and the team for your unbreakable courage. Stay strong for, and with us, please and beware.

    What you said in your @ 20 above,

    "specially think about women who are still facing the secular oppression of men, who do not have rights or freedoms like we have in the western world" .

    I have received a message from 'the ecologist' saying that their site had become attacked, and I now see that 'theflucase' site by Jane Burgermeister, another courageous investigative journalist, has now been blocked, somehow interfered with.

    It is not any longer a 'western privilege' to have rights of freedoms, as we see here, with our heroic Goncalo Amaral being gagged and the internet being taken out where dissenting voices try to inform the public of what evil suppression and trickery is going on.

    Please Joanna, keep in mind a preparation for an alternative route, should this site be taken out. Your work is indispensable.

    Courage to all the men and women who remain here to defend the values, without which, life would not be worth living.

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  22. Thank you Joana, for all of your hard work. It is greatly appreciated.
    From Los Angeles, California

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  23. A grieving mother (and father) on television news whose daughter Sarah Bryant was killed in Afghanistan, asking that the media not intrude and leave the family to grieve in peace without media interference.

    What a difference to the way the McCanns have courted the media since day 1!

    The BBC should be ashamed asking Kate McCann on to their religious programme to speak and no doubt make a nice little sum for their Fund at the same time, when there are so many other grieving Mothers who will be trying to get on with their lives, even though it is Mothering Sunday.

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  24. Thank you Joana Morais for all your work you have done to keep maddies name alive ,if her parents had there way ,this would have been brushed under the carpet lonago .ive writen a complaint to the bbc and told them of my disgust to even think of giving a woman that neglected her children every night Air time & on mothering sunday aswell ,it`s outrages.i got a relpy back saying my complaint will be dealt with in 10days time .a lot of good that is ...when she will on in five days time ....

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  25. When is International Mens day?

    Gerry McCann must be in the running?

    Nominated by JK Rowling, Fiona Phillips, Anthonella Lazeratti....

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  26. Sorry off topic

    Joana any news on Kate & Gerry being interviewed later on Portuguese tv station RTP by Sandra Felguiras.

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  27. Nancy

    I totally agree with you.

    It would seem Kate & Gerry use their supposed faith as and when it suits their wider agenda.

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  28. well on RTP 1 now there's a soccer game, on RTP N(ews) there's news, checking the online site now.

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  29. I have posted on Aled's forum.

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  30. Thanks Joana it has apparently been confirmed on Sic

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  31. the Mccann interwiev is on sic

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  32. If only the horrific practice of female circumcision could be ended, that would indeed be a great achievement for the rights of women and something to celebrate in itself.

    Yet it is often the females who are reluctant to end this barbaric, mutilating ritual on their little girls, and the men who have tried to intervene to stop it.

    May awareness of this outrage spread, and enlightenment dawn on those countries where this is carried out, just as with the practice of footbinding of baby girls was stopped in China, with severe penalties for those who refused to comply.

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  33. Are the McCanns currently in Portugal? According to the Sky Blog, they are?

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  34. Post 32....Would that be as in SICK lol

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  35. A big thank you Joana, for without you we would have no knowledge of this cover up. The one woman who should have been mentioned and interviewed all day Mothering Sunday , Denise the mother of Jamie Bulger who is also fighting the sleaze and cover ups in the Goverment.Instead it seems Conservatives along with Labour have closed ranks to protect the evil Mccanns who stole money from little children to pay for their life of crime.

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  36. If it is true that the McCanns are back in Portugal, what could be afoot there?

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