2010 International Women’s Day

3 03 2010

Each year, March 8 is celebrated as the International Women’s Day.  While the international theme is “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all”, our local theme is “Babae, tagumpay ka ng bayan!” (“Woman, you’re the country’s success!”).   The theme highlights women’s achievement in paving the way for women’s advancement and empowerment amidst major challenges. It celebrates the success of women’s commitment to pursue equality which resulted in the enactment of the Magna Carta of Women (a comprehensive women’s human rights law which serves as the national translation of the UN CEDAW, the International Bill of Rights for Women) and the achievements in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) and those related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). 

Our company has always been actively participating in the yearly observance of the National Women’s Month.  Last Monday, March 1, a number of employees joined the Walk for Women’s Rights at The Fort, Taguig City.  Other pocket activities during the day include exhibit of products for and by women, free counseling, legal, medical, beauty and wellness services for women.      

Other major activities for the month include Go Negosyo Women Entrepreneurship Summit on March 8 and Women Disabilities Day on March 29, 2010. 

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March 8 is International Women’s Day

6 03 2009
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“The observance of International Women’s Day (IWD) was a result of the organizing activities of women in the early 20th Century. Between 1909 and 1911, working women in the United States of America participated in organizing strike activities of the National Women’s Trade Union League and other concerned groups. They were protesting against low wages, lack of protective legislation and the very poor working conditions to which women workers were subjected during that time”

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8.   The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts.  In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

At work earlier,  our HR staff distributed roses to all lady employees at the entrance lobby.  We were also encouraged to wear pink every Friday, starting today for the whole month of March, to commemorate the women’s month celebration.  Among the activities sponsored by the company I worked for are free bone screening and fora on cervical cancer, breast cancer and road rules & safety for lady drivers.

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This year’s local theme – Babae, Yaman Ka ng Bayan!  (Woman, You’re an Asset of the Nation!) highlights the critical role of women in nation-building and recognizes that women are an important resource who can contribute to the reduction of poverty.