@AlertNet_Thin Good morning from London!
I am going to sign off for a while, but will return later on today. I will be attending Join Me on the Bridge where I hope to send a few Tweets and pictures of the events. Helen Pankhurst, great-grandaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst (early suffragettes) will be there, according to organisers. It will be on the Millennium Bridge, near Tate Modern.
It is such a pleasure to see the global celebration of IWD. In Sydney it seems like there has been a week long series of events - from a Summit last week, to a TV programme last night and a mix of company and individual events today. Why the upswing? I think it reflects the new collective energy for gender equity in Australia. The current state of play is neither fair nor smart. And it's not about gender wars, but a recognition that we are not good at being inclusive of diversity in general, and gender inequity is a huge arrow pointing that out.
Someone asks did the West forget IWD? No way Ole! There are hundreds of events all over the UK to my certain knowledge. And we have a great number of new web sites celebrating feminism. NAWO, the National Alliance of Women's Organisations was in Trafalgar Square on Saturday as part of Million Women Rise and the Central London March with a stall offering cup cakes in the women's colours only to be told, alas, that we could not give away food in case of food poisoning!!! Happy IWD and eat many fairy cakes. Or chocolate? Annette Lawson
@AlertNet_Thin What is it with lists! They always contain people whom you wonder why?
@julietbourke I guess lists are an easy way out of doing an analytical piece perhaps?
Happy International Women's Day! Today is a significant day for women all over the world, and especially in the Middle East and North Africa region where women have been demonstrating for democratic reforms alongside men for months. Today, from Cairo's Tahrir Square, I will join thousands of Egyptian women in their calls for gender equality, political participation in the transitional process, and equal representation and decision-making in the development of a new, free, democratic, and equal Egypt. Let's stand in solidarity with Egyptian, Tunisian, Bahranian, Yemeni, Libyan, and Iranian women today in the MENA region. Let's stand together for our continued struggles for gender equality.
Today is an ethinic day in Bangalore office. And they are sharing views on why they feel its special being a woman and working in Thomson Reuters.