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International Women's Day 2006

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Girls and young women share a laugh during a skit in the Women's Education Centre in Gaya District, Bihar, India.

6 March 2006 - International Women's Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

UNGEI members around the globe honour International Women's Day this year by hosting the following events:

Academy for Educational Development presents an AED Knowledge Series event:

Women's Leadership in the Arab World - Are Arab Women the Real Change Agents?
Join us for this provocative discussion of the challenges faced by Arab women today as they redefine their roles and forge new pathways of participation and leadership in the Arab world.

Panel Discussion with Reception to follow
8 March, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
AED Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave., NW, 8th floor
Washington, DC 20009

RSVP to; 202-884-8389

Featured Panellists:
Dr. Rima Salah, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF
Dr. Farida Allaghi, International Human Development Expert/Advisor
Dr. Fatima Sbaity-Kassem Director, Centre for Women, ESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia)
May Rihani, Senior Vice President and Director Global Learning Group, Academy for Educational Development

UNESCO Headquarters - Paris, France, organized by the Section for Women and Gender Equality of the Bureau of Strategic Planning, presents:

Women in Politics
International Round Table
Wednesday 8 March 2006, at 3:00 pm– Room II
Guest of honour: Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia
Inaugurated by Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO
This Round Table will bring together women ministers. Coming from all regions of the world, these women are leaders in their societies and hold positions which were traditionally occupied by men. The Round Table will emphasize the importance of women in politics as well as in the process of development in general.

Women Rebuilding Life in Post-Tsunami Asia
Photo exhibition by Agostino Pacciani
8 to 14 March 2006 – Room des Actes
Opening on Wednesday 8 March 2006, at 6:30 pm
The exhibition will bring together twenty photos taken by the photo-journalist Agostino Pacciani, who travelled in several countries affected by the tsunami in order to witness the specific situation women in these regions are facing as they reconstruct their houses, villages, cities and lives. The collection of photos expresses the emotion and vitality of these women, their strength and incredible perseverance, their confidence, and their hope for the future.

Bertha von Suttner: a life for peace
Photo exhibition
8 to 30 March 2006 – Room Miro
Opening on Wednesday 8 March 2006, at 6:30 pm
Organized in collaboration with the Permanent Delegation of Austria to UNESCO
This exhibition will pay tribute to Bertha von Suttner, a remarkable woman who not only inspired her friend and benefactor Alfred Nobel to create the Nobel Peace Prize, but who was also the first woman to receive the prize. The 100th anniversary of her receiving the award of the Nobel Peace Prize is an excellent opportunity to remind us of her work and to allow us to reflect upon the contributions of women to peace.

Photo exhibition by Angèle Etoundi Essamba
8 to 30 March 2006 – Room des Pas Perdus
Opening on Wednesday 8 March 2006, at 6:30 pm
Organized in collaboration with the Permanent Delegation of Cameroon to UNESCO
Angèle Etoundi Essamba's work invites us to careful observation, participation, reminds us of the need to see, to understand, and to act. Even though Essamba's photographs capture just a single moment in time, they convey something enduring and of great permanence: they can make us see others and ourselves. Others enter into DIALOGUES with us and we dialogue in return in different forms.

Voices of Women, but not only…
(Mozart, but not only… part II)
Multicultural concert
Wednesday 8 March 2006, at 7:30 pm – Room I
Organized by the Melody for Dialogue among Civilizations Association
This concert by mostly female musicians from around the world united presents a dialogue between classical, contemporary and traditional music. It will illustrate the power of dialogue through the language of music and artistic creativity.

African Women Architects
Photo, painting and mosaic exhibition
6 to 16 March 2006 - Foyer I
Opening on Monday 6 March 2006, at 8:00 pm

Film projection and debate
Monday 6 March 2006, at 6:00 pm – Room IV
Organized in collaboration with the A.S.F. Bâtir et développer Association
This multimedia event will offer a tribute to women construction workers in conjunction with other collaborators in the fields of conservation, restoration and land settlement. The objective of the event is to broaden debate on the value of “know how” and the participation of women in the process of sustainable development.

Women of Exception
Round Table
Friday 10 March 2006, at 2:00 pm – Room II
Organized in collaboration with Réponses Initiatives Femmes Handicapées
This Round Table will bring together women artists, engineers and architects, who chose atypical modes of expression, far from the traditional concepts to which the people in situation of handicap are very often confined. These women with original paths give a lesson of life and optimism.

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8 March 2006
International Women's Day observance at the United Nations
Women in decision-making: Meeting challenges, creating change

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