International Women’s Day 2013 (IMEISS, by Sherifa Zuhur)

8 Mar

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.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentMulti/66431/Multimedia.aspx

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in Lebanon, many legal challenges remain:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2013/Mar-08/209295-for-lebanese-women-the-biggest-battles-are-still-ahead.ashx#axzz2Myba1hAN

so they have declared a National Day of Mourning on March 9th
http://www.beirut.com/l/22848

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:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-07/international-womens-day-focus-on-iraq/4559696

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
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=466272

in Abu Dhabi

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2012/March/theuae_March238.xml&section=theuae

in Libya

in Syria

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/07/world/meast/syrian-revolution-women/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

in Hassake province, Syria

http://issuu.com/lailas/docs/freedom24

in South Sudan, activists call for a woman to lead the United Nations
http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article45755

in Yemen

in Yerevan, Armenia

http://www.panorama.am/en/society/2013/03/08/flash-mob/

in Iran

http://www.laprogressive.com/international-womens-day-iran-global-struggle-womens-liberation/

in Turkey, sermons addressed violence against women
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2013/03/08/Turkish-sermons-mark-Womens-Day/UPI-80831362777769/

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
http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2012/03/international-womens-day-2012/attachment/338/

in Malaysia, Sisters in Islam has been recognizing IWD since it first organized in 1988

http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=%2F2013%2F3%2F4%2Flifeliving%2F12748786&sec=lifeliving

in Saudi Arabia
http://www.arabnews.com/columns/society-must-show-compassion-toward-female-ex-prisoners

And a voice of skepticism from London:

http://www.dz-chick.com/2011/03/happy-international-womens-day.html

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