International Women’s Day 2012 – what’s happening where you are?

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

We want to know, what’s happening where you are? Is today an official holiday? It is in many countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia. In other countries such as Cameroon and Chile, it is not a public holiday but is widely observed.

If you’re in Bulgaria or Italy, perhaps you’ve been given flowers or another small gift by your husband / partner, employer or children?

Are you, your organisation or other group you’re involved with hosting a fundraising event? Will you be attending any events or demonstrations yourself, as happens each year in Poland?

Here at City we host a range of public lectures and talks throughout the year. Here are some events coming up which support the theme of International Women’s Day:

City Law Alumna Network (CLAN) event

Date: Thursday 29 March
Time: 18:30 – 20:30
Location: College Building

CLAN is our network for female City Law School graduates. The group meets twice-yearly and provides a unique opportunity for alumna to meet like-minded solicitors, barristers and other law graduates from across the UK.

The network also provides an encouraging environment in which to discuss issues facing women in the modern profession, share experiences and offer mutual support.

The politics of fear: what does it mean to those who are otherised and feared?

Date: Thursday 3 May
Time: 18:30 – 20.30
Location: The Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre

Lecture by Professor the Baroness Haleh Afshar OBE AcSS and Emeritus Professor of Politics, the University of York. This presentation will place the experiences of British born Muslims in general and women in particular in the context of the politics of fear and suggest that by identifying categories of people as enemies within, we do a disservice to Britain as well as to its minorities.

We also want to say congratulations to Helena Williams (Newspaper Journalism 2011) on today’s launch of  ‘No Woman’s Land: On the frontlines with female reporters’, the first book solely dedicated to the safety of women journalists.

Helena is a News Assistant at the International News Safety Institute which has published the book. It provides an unprecedented insight into the lives of newswomen working across the media in more than a dozen countries.

The collection of forty compelling stories describes the risks, the challenges and the emotional and physical impact working in the media has had on these women who risk their lives to bring us the news. As well as telling the stories of these brave journalists – camerawomen, photographers, correspondents and reporters – the book contains safety advice and guidance for women and men in the news media. Proceeds from the book will go to safety training for female journalists.

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