Celebrating International Women's Day

What is International Women's Day (IWD)?

It is a day designated to remember, recognize, and celebrate the achievements of women in their progress towards equality with men.  IWD reinforces the contributions made by women, irrespective of race, ethnicity, nationality, or religious affiliation, to global peace, security, and development.  The sacrifices made and the struggles endured by women in past decades have paved the way for the rights and privileges enjoyed by women today, such as the right to vote and access to education.

Calendar of Events

The Binghamton University Globalistas (BUGs), in partnership with several other campus groups, is pleased to announce the following programs in observance of International Women's Day on March 8th:

International Women's Day: Events at Binghamton University


Thursday, March 5
Opportunities for Female Leaders in International Relations 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM , UU136
Learn more about getting involved in internships in international and global affairs from experienced students who have interned at the US Department of State and the 92nd Street Y. Sponsored by the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development

Friday, March 6
Girlhood, a French film by Celine Sciamma
Iintroduced by Dora Polachek, visiting associate professor of romance languages
7:30 p.m. Lecture Hall 6
Admission: $4. More information: 607-777-4998

Saturday, March 7
America East Women's Basketball Tournament
Noon and 6 p.m., Events Center
Four games will be played in two sessions. For tickets, visit at http://bubearcats.com/sports/2014/12/1/GEN_1201142922.aspx.

Sunday, March 8
America East Women's Basketball Tournament
2 p.m. and approximately 4:30 p.m., Events Center
For tickets, visit at http://bubearcats.com/sports/2014/12/1/GEN_1201142922.aspx.

Girlhood, a French film by Celine Sciamma
7:30 p.m. Lecture Hall 6
Admission: $4. More information: 607-777-4998

Saturday, March 14th
Women's Leadership Conference: Unlimited Success
12 p.m. - 6 p.m., University Union (registration in Tillman Lobby)
This conference is designed for all current female students (graduate & undergraduate) who are looking to enhance their networking skills, learn about different careers, and learn how to be a strong and successful professional. The conference is scheduled for March 14 from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm. We have a great line up of alumnae speakers who will be running mini sessions during the conference on a wide variety of topics.  Students may register on B-engaged here.

Glenn G. Bartle Library, Second Floor
The Glenn G. Bartle Library celebrates International Women's Day with "Make it Happen," an exhibit featuring books, posters and Binghamton University campus activities that promote women's equality. International Women's Day activities of the Binghamton University Globalistas are highlighted, along with the history of International Women's Day as an international endeavor. Posters from China featuring the event, which was made a national holiday, are also included. Books on the topic of women's studies written by Binghamton University faculty are displayed, along with feminist campus publications such as "Hera."

How is IWD celebrated around the world?

In some countries IWD:
Is recognized as an official holiday; Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Brings women together at rallies to draw attention to women's issues.
Provides an opportunity to educate the public on women's issues
Is a day to honor women, when children present gifts to their mothers and grandmothers.

What are YOU Doing to Help Binghamton University Celebrate?

Is your department, group, or organization planning an event or activity for International Women's Day?
The BUGS will help get the word out!
E-mail details to rcoker@binghamton.edu

More information on IWD activities and events


Sources:  United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE), 2008 http://www.un.org/womenwatch/ ; International Women's Day (Aurora), 2008 http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp ; United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM, 2008 http://www.unifem.org/

History of IWD

Early 1900s: Women organized events to draw attention to issues relating to labor, peace, and conflict across Europe and the United States.
1945: The United Nations was the first international organization to incorporate gender
equality into its Charter.
1975:The first International Women’s Year is commemorated under the auspices of  the United Nations.
1977:   The General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution to declare a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
Since 1977: IWD has been celebrated on March 8th each year.

IWD and Beyond

The impact of International Women’s Day and the awareness it creates extends beyond the activities of March 8th.  Examples of efforts made by countries to improve the status of women:
-Global campaign on violence against women launched by the United Nations
-The Independent Group on Home-based work - recognizing women’s work in India
-Recent contribution to the Gender Equality Fund made by Spain
-Eliminating human trafficking and violence against women in Nigeria
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Last Updated: 4/15/16