International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. This was a celebration that I have to say would have completely passed me by had I not spent a few years living in Italy where it is a holiday which is both noted and actively celebrated (in inimitable Italian style – by giving mimosa flowers to women who are important in your life/come into your shop or restaurant/fill up with petrol at your petrol station/pass you in the street).

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Still, I have found some events that are marking the celebration of the day.

The F Word ( a UK feminist blog) posts pictures from yesterday’s Million Women Rise in London which took place to show our united rage and opposition to male violence.

The International Women’s Day site goes global and lists events happening in many different countries throughout the world including the UK , the US , Australia and many others – although interestingly, nothing in Italy.

Back to the UK and the Equalities Office have taken the theme of the general economic downturn to list what they are doing for women – and more globally the Independent runs with a theme and slideshow of inspiring women of Africa courtesy of VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) which has a ‘Helping Women Help the World’ theme.

My own thoughts, I have hoped for many years that feminism ceases to be something that women feel they need to explain or feel apologetic about.

Somehow some of the connotations have become warped into a perception that feminists either hate men or want to be men. That is not what feminism is about. No-one should be embarrassed or feel they need to justify promoting a feminist agenda or feel they need to explain away feminism through terms of denigrating others who feel differently

‘I’m not a feminist but.. ‘ or ‘I’m not one of those feminists’ or ‘I am a feminist but I don’t hate men’. No, you don’t need to explain. Feminism needs to retake some of the ground lost through people who have tried to push its agenda to the margins.

image DanielMorrison @ flickr

Anyway, there is lots out there about it and to celebrate it or mark it!

And for the record, there is an International Men’s Day too

6 thoughts on “International Women’s Day

  1. That seems a real pity that I didn’t know of this earlier, if I hadn’t of read about it here, i’d never have known at all. The pictures on the BBC website are pretty cool – the one of the Afghan man sweeping around a woman begging in a Kabul street is very symbolic.

    I think a lot of people are still scared of feminism. It’s been mocked considerably by those who fear it, and I have to say the word “Feminist” still fills me with a sort of “Ugh” feeling, as if I am about to get lectured at a party by an angry woman in sensible shoes. Which is obviously a warped stereotype, but none the less, has me reaching for an excuse to make a fast get away….

    Lola x

    • That’s what makes me a bit sad, Lola, and don’t get me wrong cos I’ve been there myself. People have grown to associate feminists with the ‘angry woman in sensible shoes’ stereotype when really it doesn’t have to be about that at all. There are so many different strands and ways to feel confident and be proud of being a woman and feminism – I think it is wholly positive – but too many of the associations around it have become so negative… have a nosey around some of the web resources though – possibly starting with the F-word site as indicated above 🙂

  2. A Tribute to Women – The Architects of Life

    International Women’s Day – Commemorating;

    Celebrating with Pride; Women, the Pride of the World

    It is a great privilege and honor to express these few words of admiration and appreciation in honor of Women; the Pride of our Lives

    Architects with Pride

    Women are indeed the proud architects of Life


    Women provide immense guidance along every structure of life


    Women construct foundations that encompass virtues of the highest goodness for one and all meaningfully

    Envisage; Vision; Wisdom

    Women envisage their expectations manifesting with a vision of wisdom as only women can

    Family; Passions

    Women empower their Families; enabling them to re discover their passions in life meaningfully

    Instrumental; Steps

    Women perceive impediments as stepping stones to potential accomplishments


    Women sketch the hallmarks of time with heart prints of love that only women can

    Women; Mothers

    Women as Mothers are the epitome of divinity

    Teacher; Imparting Values Based Principles Teachings

    Women are amongst the the wisest of teachers

    Legends; Centuries

    Women are amongst the very greatest of legends since time immemorial

    Intuitive – Insightful

    Women are intuitive and insightful; articulating their notions intuitively

    Eminent Reminder

    Women thoughtfully remind us that the Soul characterizes the essence of life


    Women compliment each and every day of life, by defining the virtue of admiration eloquently; only as women can

    Affection; Love & Respect

    Women spend their lifetime showering immense affection to each and every aspect of life; only as women can


    Women teach us to immensely appreciate and recognize of the phenomenal treasures of versatile abilities that we have been endowed with and to utilize these meaningfully

    Beauty; Heart Perceiving

    Women teach us to understand and recognize that the true beauty of life is not relating to the physical appearance; but to the beauty of the Heart


    Women enable us to perceive the purity of our hearts filled with compassion; to recognize the gentleness; the compassionate nature that dwells within


    Women teach us that consideration and thoughtfulness for others around us creates an incredible difference and impact in our lives as well


    Women encourage us to become more creative and explore our greater potentialities meaningfully whilst managing the certainties that dwell alongside


    Women truly bring out the moral courage that resides within us magnificently


    Women with their resilient attitude and determination show us that the endurance; the strength within us is inspired with an indomitable willpower

    Encouragement; Meaningful Balance

    Women encourage us to soar to reach the altitudes of meaningful objectives and accomplishments, whilst reminding us to simultaneously maintain our attention on the ascent to the pinnacle precariously; as well as ensuring our optimal balance is carefully maintained-sustained diligently


    Women teach us to believe in our true selves with the purpose of accomplishing greater good for others and ourselves as well


    Women teach us that gratitude is essentially a sign of nobility; the more grateful we are; the more meaningful we are; the more purposeful we are and the more responsible we are while gratefully acknowledging all that we have humbly; we are further equipped with more resourcefulness accordingly


    Women bring tremendous happiness to their families with their graceful and loving attitude always


    Women inspire us to have hope; to trust and recognize its uniqueness


    Women inspire us with their caring touch in every aspect of family upbringing; family evolution; nurturing each life preciously and adding meaningfulness to every aspect as only women can do


    Women are intelligent and demonstrate their proficiency in being able to grasp and understand various aspects of life more meaningfully


    Women motivate us to recognize the value of each moment for what it signifies and to ensure that it is wisely invested in with a meaningful approach always


    Women are noble and bring about remarkable changes in the World at every instance by truly winning the admiration and hearts of People always; Whenever any reference is attributed to Women, it is extended with the very highest Pride; Honor and Nobility


    Women evoke us to instill a passion for appreciation of the very finest in life always and making us believe that we have what it takes to accomplish meaningful objectives


    Women teach us that the theory of peaceful co existence; non violence in all forms of thoughts; speeches and actions is among the very most vital and essential ingredient of each an every aspect of life


    Women are purposeful and thoughtfully express their perspective with a meaningful approach regarding various aspects of life


    Women are gifted with so many more wonderful and the very most finest virtues that they are always enriching each and every aspect of life meaningfully

    To give an example

    When we perceive the attitude; the compassion; the love and care; the gracefulness of Mothers; we are humbly appreciative; grateful; very most thankful and always Respectfully acknowledging the greatness of Mothers; Truly Mothers are the greatest gift of God


    Mothers always teach us to appreciate what we have in life; to recognize the value of each and every aspect in life; to be appreciative; to be grateful; to be thankful and to meaningfully; purposefully and responsibly utilize each and every moment in life meticulously and very preciously

    Mothers teach us that

    Mothers teach us that grandeur; the beauty of life cannot be touched or experienced with our vision alone; it is the perception with our truly awakened heart; intellect; mind and soul that we are able to perceive the wonderfulness of this Universe and its magnificence

    Mothers also teach us that

    Mothers also teach us to have hope; courage and a vision; that when one avenue of happiness is bereft with impediments; there are always another avenues of meaningful happiness that are there in life provided of course that we take the meaningful; purposeful and responsible initiatives intelligently and spontaneously; while ensuring that no permission is given to any avenues that might be deviating from ethical practices; practicing and observance of a conventional protocol of good and responsible conduct and character always

    Tribute to our Mothers

    As a token of appreciation for the immense and very most valuable efforts that our Mothers take for us; we should always strive to accomplish and excel in our respective endeavors; taking care of our duties; our agendas; our assignments; our objectives; meaningfully; purposefully and responsibly always


    The above was a very brief admirable prelude since the greatness of Women could not be expressed in these few words alone

    History; Women are Truly the Pride of our Lives

    History is testament to the evidential factor that will always proudly express that Women are truly the Pride of our Lives always; and it is a privilege to acknowledge this with appreciation; utmost thanks and gratefulness


    May One and All be Appreciative; Grateful and Thankful


    May Happiness be showered on One and All; May One and All be Healthy;


    May One and All be Loved & Respected; May One and All have Well-being


    May One and All realize that their Happiness is linked to others Happiness;


    May One and All recognize that when the World is Happy, they are Happier;


    May One and All discover the true meaning of Life is that Life is Precious


    May One and All be Resourceful & Talented; May One and All Achieve and Excel;


    May One and All be Considerate; Creative; Meaningful; Purposeful and Responsible;


    May One and All Love Nature; The Environment & Humanity;


    May One and All Respect One Another; May One and All Inspire One Another;


    May One and All realize that they each have a very meaningful and special purpose in Life;


    May One and All believe that they are the precious Gems of this Universe;


    May One and All realize that Life is Beautiful; Precious, Meaningful and Purposeful;


    May One and All be a Symbol of Gods Loving Love and Light; Radiating Joy for others;


    May One and All be Blessed with a Vision of Happiness, Prosperity, Progress and Wisdom always

    Gratitude; Many Thanks

    Thank you for your attention and good wishes; God Bless

    Universal Appreciation; Happiness; Gratitude & Wisdom May

    Universal Appreciation; Happiness; Consideration; Compassion; Respect; Peace; Love; Cooperation; Inspiration; Gratitude; Economic Development, Stability; Prosperity, Progress & Wisdom prevail always

    Love & Light;

    God Bless,


    ©2009 Vashi Ram Chandi

  3. Yes, mimosa was to be seen everywhere here yesterday. I agree with you about this apologising for feminism business. The rights we have now were hard-won and women still don’t have them in many countries.

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