What are you doing for International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is coming up on the 8th March. Considering I’m in a new town and all, I’m not sure what I’m going to be doing, but I was recently told about a women’s lunch get together in Sydney happening on the 6th that sounds fun.

IWD Brown Bag Lunch
Our plan is simple: bring your own lunch and join us to support International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) charity and network with likeminded people. Entry is free, gold coin asked to help cover room rental costs and donations to IWDA will be collected separately.

Sounds like fun :) And I know a lot of really awesome geek women will be there like Kate Carruthers and Spiderlily Redgold. Should be fun!

There is also an Aussiechix Python gaming hackfest on March 14th which should be awesome! And a FITT IWD Lunch event which is $120 a head unless you are a FITT member, which is $90 a head. Add events in your community to the comments below.

Even if you aren’t going to any event for IWD, take a moment to think about all the women in your life, their challenges and achievements, and about how you are helping contribute to a world where negative gender discrimination is eliminated. Of course, IWD is also a great opportunity to think about any negative discrimination, and how we can equal the playing field for everybody :)

And don’t forget about Ada Lovelace Day, March 24th! Blog about an awesome geek woman you know!

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2 Responses to What are you doing for International Women’s Day?

  1. Sam says:

    I thought you’d like to know that Amnesty UK is focusing on violence against women for International Women’s Day. We’re asking people to change their Facebook status, Myspace headline and tweet to raise awareness of the fact that each year, around 1 in 10 women in Britain experience rape or other violence. Check out http://www.oneten.org.uk

  2. greebo says:

    @Sam, thanks for that link! For others interested, there are some useful statistics about Australia here (http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/statistics.html) which says 57% of women experience physical or sexual abuse in their lives. Half of all Canadian women have also had violence since the age of 16 ( http://www.womanabuseprevention.com/html/statistics.html). These stastics aren’t as bad as South Africa (68% in 2001 – http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/women_abuse/75836) but they are all extremely disturbing and sickening statistics.

    Violence against anyone is an awful thing, and there are also some disturbing statistics about domestic violence against men.

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