International Women’s Day 2010

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Organisations, governments and women’s groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues.

Some years have seen global IWD themes honoured around the world, while in other years groups have preferred to ‘localise’ their own themes to make them more specific and relevant.

THEME: So while many people may think there is one global theme each year, this is not always correct. It is completely up to each country and group as to what appropriate theme they select.

Below are some of the global United Nation themes used for International Women’s Day to date:

– 2010: Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all
– 2009:
Women and men united to end violence against women and girls
– 2008:
Investing in Women and Girls
– 2007:
Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls
– 2006:
Women in decision-making
– 2005:
Gender Equality Beyond 2005: Building a More Secure Future
– 2004:
Women and HIV/AIDS
– 2003:
Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals
– 2002:
Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities
– 2001:
Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts
– 2000:
Women Uniting for Peace
– 1999:
World Free of Violence against Women
– 1998:
Women and Human Rights
– 1997:
Women at the Peace Table
– 1996:
Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future
– 1975:
First IWD celebrated by the United Nations

In Kenya, several events will be going on to mark this day. See them below. However, it is very important for all of us to help highlight issues that women in Kenya and around the world not just on March 8, every year, and to be part of the solution finding programs in our every day activities. This ranging from how we teach the girl child to handle obstacles and solve problems to the empowerment of women in rural areas and the prevention, treatment and management of HIV/AIDS.

Date & time: 08 March 2010 0.00 to 0.00
About: Bringing together 2,000 women residing in Kibera Slums to celebrate together under the theme: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities, Progress for All.
Organisation: KIBERA WOMEN FOR PEACE & FAIRNESS & POLYCOM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT: KWFP started during the post election violence and brings together 700 Kibera women, while PDP empowers slum girls on positive livings, behaviour and attitude change
Info: Click here

Date & time: 08 March 2010 10.00 to 4.00
About: To mark this years International women’s day, we plan to host the Men can change extravaganza at the Kiambiu sports grounds in the sprawling Kiambiu slum in Nairobi. The low cost event will start at 10.00 Am till 3Pm
Venue: Kiambiu slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Nairobi, +254
Organisation: The Coexist Initiative: The Coexist Initiative is a not-for-profit national network of men and boy’s organizations focusing on eliminating all forms of gender based violence against women and girls, fostering the respect of human rights and working for social justice in Kenya
Info: Click here

Date & time: 08 March 2010 8.00 to 2.00
About: Rally for International Women’s Day with music, speakers, poetry, skits and more to celebrate WOMEN.
Venue: Kibera DC Grounds, Nairobi
Organisation: Wangu Kanja Foundation, NCGD, CARE Kenya, Kibera Women for Peace, World Vision, Pathfinder International, Nairobi Women’s Hospital, COVAW, AMWIK among others.: Organizations that work with Sexual & Gender Based Violence Issues.
Info: Click here

Date & time: 13 March 2010 8.50
End date: 14 March 2010 8.50
About: This will be a women’s only sports event that will bring together all women in primary, secondary and universities in Kenya.
Venue: JKUAT Main Campus – Juja, Nairobi, 00200
Organisation: JKUAT: JKUAT is a public university whose mission is “Setting trends in higher education, research and innovation.It is committed to providing equal access to physical activy to all its students, staff and the community around.
Info: Click here

One thought on “International Women’s Day 2010

  1. For the Women’s Day I have only one wish.

    The day should quickly come when women will realize that they cannot be given by men what they want without fighting for it.

    The gratest challenge that women face is financial slavery. Married women hardly make a move before they consult their husbands. Show them the way to financial freedom and they will answer, “Let me go and talk with my husband about it. If he agrees I will act.”

    I am a lone marriage builder, I must say before I am acussed of being a marriage breaker.

    I am a married man with grown children and grand children.

    James Kemoli Amata


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