International Women's Day 2012 in the Middle East


International Women's Day (IWD), which takes place on March 8 every year, celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women across the world, and in countries such as China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, it is a national holiday.

In honor of IWD, Diwaniyya is dedicating March to Middle Eastern women, with episodes on women and revolution in the Arab Spring, and an exclusive talk by Maguy Kakon, the first Jewish woman to enter Moroccan politics.

In the meantime, take a look at Isobel Coleman's blog post on the Atlantic, "Why the Arab Spring Hasn't Been Better for Women," and at “Women of the Middle East: The Jihad Within,” written by Moshe Dayan Center researcher Heidi Basch-Harod last year, to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day in 2011.

IWD has been taking place every year since 1911, after delegates of an international women’s conference in Denmark in 1910 decided to adopt IWD as a strategy to lobby for equal rights for women, including voting rights. According to the International Women’s Day website, this global day “honors the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women's success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed.”

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1 comment:

  1. Dr. Isobel Coleman mention the women's character in politics in a attractive manner that on international women's day, some of the country celebrate this day as there national holiday like China, Russia etc. to encourage and recognize the efforts of women in their country's progress. Also she mentions that IWD has been taking place every year since 1911, after delegates of an international women’s conference in Denmark in 1910 decided to adopt IWD as a strategy to lobby for equal rights for women, including voting rights.

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