International Women’s Day 2012

This video from England says about itself:

Million Women Rise 2009, march for International Women’s Day London: Oxford Street 7th March 2009 Copyright: Pam Isherwood

Today, 8 March 2012, is International Women’s Day again.

In many places all over the world, women pay attention to that in various weays.

Here is a message from Pakistan.

Here is one from Australia.

Women and children from Waltham Forest Asian Mothers Group have started work on a giant living dome at the WaterWorks nature reserve in east London as a tribute to the rights of women globally: here.

Here is a Kurdish women’s message.

And here is a report from the World Wildlife Fund about Nepal:


Posted on 07 March 2012

Sabita’s Journey with WWF-Nepal

Sabita Malla, 27 years of age, is WWF-Nepal’s Senior Research Officer. With a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Sciences from Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun, Sabita has made significant strides as a young female conservationist. Her professional career started with WWF-Nepal in 2010 as Research Officer for the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) Program; she was promoted to Senior Research Officer in less than two years.

Sabita has been a part of some of the most challenging and successful wildlife monitoring and research operations at WWF-Nepal. Some of these included the ID-based rhino monitoring program and gharial population survey in TAL, Nepal’s first satellite telemetry to monitor tigers in Bardia National Park, and the implementation of Management Information System Technology (MIST) in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park to aid patrolling and species monitoring activities.

As we celebrate the indomitable spirit of women in the backdrop of International Women’s Day, WWF-Nepal brings to you Sabita’s story through excerpts of an interview conducted with her at Bardia National Park in Nepal’s Terai Arc Landscape. Sabita is currently leading a team of 33 people in the national park in setting up about 120 camera traps to help monitor tiger populations in the area, and also conducting prey-base population monitoring.

A Conversation with Sabita

What motivated you to work for tigers and wildlife conservation?

Growing up in a small village in western Nepal, the outdoors was my playroom. I would go looking for butterflies and birds in the forest, wading through streams, climbing up and down the hills while naming every tree I crossed along the way.

It gave me a deep love for nature that motivated me to study about species ecology, habitats and conservation at India’s prestigious Wildlife Institute of India.

But it was only during my field research in 2009 that the wildlife conservation crisis in Nepal became real to me. I can still hear the echo of gunshots as poachers killed wildlife inside Bardia. It made me realize that I had to be part of the efforts to save my country’s iconic species.

And here I am today, right back in the same protected area, working with the government and local communities to assess the important progress we’ve made in the past few years.

How does it feel to be leading an all-male team for this tiger monitoring project?

People tell me that being the only woman during field operations is probably a big challenge. I don’t think so. And I do not think that I should be treated differently from my male colleagues. The most important thing is to be very adaptive and able to work with others. You need to create a bond of trust and respect with each and every team member. When I am in the field, I am the same as my other team members. We are connected by one cause—to help understand and protect wildlife.

USA: Remembering Lucy Gonzales Parsons this International Women’s Day: here.

On International Women’s Day, Congress debates measure to limit reproductive rights: here.

Forced Ultrasound, “Informed Consent,” and Women’s Health in Texas: The Sad State of the State. Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check: “Last month, when news spread that Virginia legislators were considering a forced trans-vaginal ultrasound bill, the uproar was loud, clear and immediate: women would never stand for this invasive and unnecessary law. Politicos and pop-culture icons alike spoke out against the Republican-led legislation. What kind of world are we living in, reasonable people wondered, when ‘informed consent’ is tantamount to state-sanctioned rape?” Here.

Texas Republicans’ campaign against abortion providers endangers key state women’s health program: here.

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights. Ron Jacobs, The Rag Blog: “Besides the fact that it celebrates women in a society primarily controlled by men, it is the socialist roots of International Women’s Day that have discouraged its celebration in the United States…. The insistent capitalism of America’s ruling classes will not so much as even acknowledge a holiday determined by the workers that celebrates something besides the domination of Wall Street and Washington”: here.

As International Women’s Day is celebrated across the globe, She Bop a Lula, a photo exhibition at the Strand Gallery in London, pays tribute to music’s leading ladies from Tina Turner to Siouxsie Sioux via Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry and Sinéad O’Connor. The shots are all taken by women photographers, who have agreed to donate them for free: here.

The Gender of Media Creators Affects What We See. Anne Elizabeth Moore and Mickey Zacchilli, Truthout: “For Women’s History Month, ‘Ladydrawers’ offers part two of our look at gender disparity in hiring practices across all media … an issue underscored by VIDA’s release of 2011 gender counts in literary publishing last month. What we start to see when we compare labor stats to content concerns is a direct relationship between who makes and edits our news, art and popular culture – and how women are portrayed in media”: here.

“Woeful” lack of women at top of Dutch companies: here.

Where is the outrage on gender oppression in #Swaziland? – call for action: here.

This video is about the 8 March demonstration in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Jobs (and Your Tax Dollars) for Christians and Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Sofia Resnick, The American Independent: “If you want to help carry out the anti-abortion mission of the taxpayer-funded Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center, you have to be a Christian. It’s right there on the Rapid City, S.D., center’s volunteer application…. But that hasn’t stopped the center from receiving federal funding and other forms of government support”: here.

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  3. Internationalism’ and ‘Transnationalism’ in China’s International Women’s Day 1924-1945

    Date & Time
    11 September 2012, 15.30 – 17.00 hrs.

    Gravensteen (room 111)
    Pieterskerkhof 6, Leiden

    About the lecture
    Arguments about the utility of “internationalism” and “transnationalism” have preoccupied scholars of global activism since the mid 1990s. This paper intersects in these debates by exploring International Women’s Day (IWD) in China during the first half of the twentieth century. Where most scholarship attempting to theorize global activism concentrates on the contemporary scene, this article looks back in time. It shows that at the start of the 20th century the term “international” was already showing signs of operating in ways that would invite critique in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. From the outset, IWD in China was drawn into party-political agendas that impacted its capacity to advance women’s rights as a global campaign.

    Specifically, the paper explores the processes of cooption and subsumption that have diminished the “international” in IWD and argues that these harnessing processes are inevitable in the bureaucratization of popular social movements in national and nationalistic contexts and during periods of militarized violence. It also reveals the mechanisms through which women activists sought to leverage party-political interests, vanities and disputes to advance a pro-woman agenda through IWD initiatives. The paper draws on evidence from articles published in the women’s press as well as reports from media outlets aligned variously with the United Front, Guomindang and Communist Party.

    About the speaker
    Prof. Louise Edwards has degrees from Auckland (BA), Murdoch (BA Hons) and Griffith Universities (PhD). She is a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia. From 2004-2009 Louise served as Convenor of the Australian Research Council’s Asia Pacific Futures Research Network.

    She has held academic positions at the University of Queensland, Australian Catholic University, Australian National University and the University of Technology, Sydney where she lectured variously in China Studies, Chinese Language, Chinese History, Women’s Studies and Asian Studies.

    Professor Edwards is currently working on a series of projects around gendered cultures of war in China. She maintains an active research interest in women in Asia, celebrity in China and the politics of dress.


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