Celebrating International Women's Day
March 8, 2013

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 Friday, March 8th:

Omega Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Tabling for "Why I Need Feminism" campaign

Friday, March 8th
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tillman Lobby

 The chapter will distribute lollipops with facts about domestic violence facts. As part of a "Why I Need Feminism" campaign, members will ask passers-by to write a message about why they need feminism.

International Perspectives on Violence Against Women:

Friday, March 8th
3:30 p.m. 
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A panel event featuring David Cingranelli, PhD as the moderator and panelists Joshua Price, PhD, Mashua Sarkar, PhD and F. Sonia Arellano-Lopez, PhD

"Exploring the Female Mind" 

Friday, March 8th
5:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m.

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International Connection and ΣΨΖ are hosting an event "Exploring the Female Mind" for International Women's Day. We will take different scenarios, and have role-playing activities to help everyone (male and female) understand the female mind. Also, we will have a panel discussion on "Women in different cultures and countries" with our members from all over the world! Join us in celebration of International Women's Day and learn some tips on understanding women and their social roles in different cultures while having fun with your friends from different countries . Free pizza, fruits and juice will be provided!

"Ladies Night" 

Friday, March 8th
7:00 p.m.
Cleveland Main Lounge 

Come and discuss- in a safe environment -what it's like to be a woman in the US and in college. We'll talk about how awesome we all are, but also about issues that affect our fellow women, such as the media, body image, and how to maintain healthy and supportive relationships. We'll do some fun activities, and then there will be a screening of Pretty Woman. Come in your pajamas....hot chocolate will be provided! 

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 BUGS@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: 8/21/14