International Women’s Day, March 8th (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)
IWD is celebrated as a national holiday outside of the United States and Europe. Supposedly, women have achieved their equality in the U.S. and Europe and don’t need a ‘day’ – although Women’s History month is recognized in the U.S.
One can critique IWD as merely lip-service to the sentiment of women’s equality, but many women take the day seriously, indeed!
In Cairo, Egypt, women were able to protest this year without being physically molested.
in Lebanon, many legal challenges remain:
so they have declared a National Day of Mourning on March 9th
in Tunis, Tunisia
in Iraq, Americans somehow expected that the change in government would improve women’s status, when it would be very difficult to argue that has been the case:
in Palestine, International women’s day has been marked by a special poster every year http://www.palestineposterproject.org/special-collection/historical-figures-and-themes/international-womens-day
and hundreds of women marched in Gaza City and the West Bank (on Thursday) in solidarity with Hana Shalabi
in Abu Dhabi
in Hassake province, Syria
in South Sudan, activists call for a woman to lead the United Nations
in Yerevan, Armenia
in Turkey, sermons addressed violence against women
women in Turkish feminism’s history were presented: http://www.theguideistanbul.com/news/detail/1132/The-Top-7-Important-Women-in-Istanbuls-History
while Kurdish women protested in Ankara against the killing of a Kurdish woman activist
in Malaysia, Sisters in Islam has been recognizing IWD since it first organized in 1988
And a voice of skepticism from London: