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International Calendar -- 2005

March 8, 2006 - Women's International Day
March 8, the Women’s International Day, is celebrated throughout the world. This special day provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made to advance women's equality and emancipation, to assess the challenges facing women in contemporary societies, to consider future steps to enhance the status of women and, of course, to celebrate the gains made in these areas.


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

Feminist International Radio Endeavour

FIRE will broadcast live on the International Women's Day from 9 am Costa Rican time (1500 UTC) till 5 pm as follows:
Spanish from 9:00am till 3:00pm
English from 3:00pm till 5:00pm

At 5pm a reprise (re-broadcasting) will be run.

Join theim in live transmission at www.fire.or.cr or www.radiofeminista.net


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: http://www.un.org/events/women/iwd/2006/events.htm#geneva


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.
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.


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

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, Norway 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.
For more information go to: http://www.un.org/events/women/iwd/2006/index.html

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)

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.

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

Gdańsk, 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 Gdańsk, 6 Bażyńskiego street
When: March 8, 9 a.m.
Cost: Free
Organizers: The Psychology Institute at the University of Gdańsk, 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

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;