In the year of #MeToo and Time’s Up, 8 March keeps the spotlight on women calling for change.
Already, 2018 is being hailed as the year of the woman.
Sexual harassment accusations have shaken Hollywood and more industries realise there aren’t enough women in top jobs.
The food and drink world is no exception: only three restaurants with female head chefs made the World’s 50 Best List last year.
and reproductive rights:
International Women’s is a day to celebrate the incredible journey millions of women and girls around the world have taken. A journey towards a life in dignity, with equal opportunities, freedom and prosperity. [A hundred years ago, for the first time the British Parliament passed an act granting most women – yet not all – the right to vote. Look at you now. What a long way we have come.
But the journey is far from over. For many girls and women, the journey has not yet even started.] In several parts of the world, gender equality and women’s enjoyment of human rights is but a distant hope. And women’s rights are even under increasing pressure. Various conservative and religious movements globally are adding pressure. This needs to change. We cannot, and should not, accept the setbacks we now see. All of us have a responsibility to act. To stand up and fight for those millions of girls and women, who do not enjoy the same fundamental human rights as we do.
Mary McAleese: ‘Catholic church an empire of misogyny’
The Catholic church is an “empire of misogyny”, the former Irish president Mary McAleese has said ahead of a conference in Rome calling for women to be given leadership roles by the Vatican.
“The Catholic church is one of the last great bastions of misogyny. It’s an empire of misogyny,” McAleese told reporters.
“There are so few leadership roles currently available to women. Women do not have strong role models in the church they can look up to.”
She said a church hierarchy that was “homophobic and anti-abortion is not the church of the future”.
McAleese, a keynote speaker at the Voices of Faith conference, was refused approval by the Vatican, forcing organisers to relocate the event to another venue in Rome. No reason was given for the refusal, but McAleese is a vocal advocate for women’s and LGBT rights.
Two other women invited to speak at the event were also refused Vatican accreditation.
Chantal Goetz, one of the conference organisers, said: “We feel we have reached a crisis point. Young people leave the church in alarming numbers. We watch the exodus
of talented, educated young women.”
International Women’s Day is here to remind us of it (even though, we should rather call it International Anti-Misogyny Day)!
For this famous International Women’s Day, held on Thursday March 8, 2018, events are held everywhere in Paris. From activists’ demonstrations in the streets to restaurant without forgetting museums, theater and debates, we must say that International Women’s Day has become a grab bag for many other things.
On the menu for International Women’s Day 2018 in Paris:
- Parce qu’elles méritent plus qu’une journée, the event at Grand Point Virgule (in French)
This Thursday March 8, 2018, head to Grand Point Virgule for a feel-good show. For International Women’s Day, men take the floor in tribute to their wives, mothers, daughters, sisters… and not any men: Kallagan, Guillermo Guiz, Djimo, Noman Hosni and many more.
- Screening of Persepolis followed by a debate about women in Muslim worlds at the Institut des Cultures d’Islam (in French)
On March 8, 2081, for International Women’s Day, FAITH THE PROJECT charity takes over the Institut des Cultures d’Islam for a screening of the movie Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, followed by a debate about women in Muslim worlds. This free meeting will be the occasion to return on women’s conditions in the Middle-East.
- Les Pépites de l’Humour at Point Virgule (in French)
This Thursday March 8, 2018, women take over Point Virgule with a feel-good show… For International Women’s Day, the new generation of female humorists expect to make its place in the society!
- Paris C’est Elles for International Women’s Day
On the occasion for International Women’s Day, the AWARE association: Archives of Women Artists, Research & Exhibitions takes over the public area for a long weekend with one historical, cultural and social question: what are the works by women artists that marked the Parisian landscapes and where are they?
- Toutes en Moto for International Women’s Day
This Sunday March 11, 2018, Toutes en Moto, women, ride your motorbikes. For International Women’s Day, women biker parade everywhere across France, including Paris. Down with clichés, in Paris, we all join together to show our strength. The venue is yet to confirmed!
Is this day – aiming at being activist before anything else to change minds and move Women’s right forward – becoming something “commercial” and even “festive”?
The debate is launched, but, at Sortiraparis, even if we fight for Women’s right and sex equality, we don’t spit at the rose given by our boss or the show and exhibitions showing us how amazing, we, women, we are!
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