is International Womens Day, and while those of other nations
will mark the day with pomp and gaiety, some feminists of T&T
will march in single file around the Red House, Port-of-Spain.
Jacqueline Burgess, financial officer of the NGO Women Working for
Social Progress, announced yesterday the plans during a telephone
will walk in single file, and silently protest to lobby the introduction
of the package of childrens legislation and the gender policy,
which has been going in and around, back and forth to Parliament.
The peaceful protest, she said, was targeted toward parliamentarians,
since the completed legislation hasnt seen the light
Burgess and her group are expected to be joined by other child rights
and womens groups in the country.
The walk is carded between 12.30 and 1.30
The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs
will also host a fair in commemoration of the day on the Brian Lara
Burgess group has a booth at the fair, where they and other
groups intend to spend the day educating citizens on womens
International Women's Day is marked on March 8 every year. It is
a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and
social achievements of women.
Started as a political event, the holiday blended in the culture
of many countries.
The political and human rights theme, as designated by the United
Nations, runs strong, and political and social awareness of the
struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful
The idea of having an international women's day was first put forward
at the turn of the 20th century, amid rapid world industrialisation
and economic expansion that led to protests over working conditions.
In 1910, the first international women's conference was held in
Copenhagen, Denmark, by the Second International and an International
Women's Day was established.
The day is an official holiday in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Cuba,
Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro,
Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.
In countries like Portugal, it is usual, on the night of March 8,
that groups of women celebrate in "women-only" dinners
In 1975, which had been designated as International Womens
Year, the United Nations gave official sanction to and began sponsoring
International Women's Day.
Today, many events are held by women's groups around the world with
many governments and organisations giving their support.