International Women's Day 2011


Celebrate International Women's Day 2011 with AJWS!

March 8, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day — an incredible opportunity to honor the courage, strength and achievements of women and girls around the world.

Get Involved

  • Please join AJWS today in writing to your Member of Congress with this message: In honor of International Women's Day, don't cut foreign assistance funding. The lives of too many women and girls are at stake — take action now.

Grantee Celebrations

  • In Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) will be launching a web-based storytelling platform designed by two students from NYU who interned with BRAC in the summer of 2010. With photos and video this platform will tell the stories of 12 Bangladeshi women who have participated in BRAC’s Human Rights and Legal Services program.
  • In Bolivia, Colectivo Rebeldía is promoting women’s civic and political participation through a special International Women’s Day radio program, and holding a meeting with over 20 women’s organizations. Colectivo Rebeldía is also supporting Bolivia’s Platform Against Violence to host activities that expose discrimination against Bolivian women.
  • In El Salvador, Flor de Piedra is holding informational sessions about sex workers rights and conducting public advocacy on preventing violence against women and stemming HIV/AIDS transmission. Flor de Piedra will also be participating in an International Women’s Day march in collaboration with other El Salvadorian women’s organizations.
  • In Ethiopia, Siqqee Women Development Association (SWDA) is hosting International Women’s Day celebrations at its three project sites: the towns of Sebeta, Wolliso and Nekemte. In collaboration with adolescent girls, female teachers, government officials and women from self-help groups, SWDA is organizing a panel discussion about the status of women and girls, followed by an awards ceremony.
  • In Nicaragua, Las Brumas is convening a meeting with members of parliament about ensuring that rural women’s access to land is adequately considered in Nicaragua’s general budget and in national agricultural production. AMEWAS, another AJWS grantee in Nicaragua, will be joining with other women’s organizations to hold a Women’s Fair featuring cultural activities and informational sessions about violence prevention and gender roles.
  • In India, Sahiyar is hosting a symposium on “strategies for saving girls” and publishing a “Say No to Violence” calendar with over 100 photos and stories about sexual harassment and domestic violence.