FIWAL’s Celebration of International Women’s Day

FIWAL members celebrated the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day by taking part in the Women for Women International-sponsored ‘Meet Me on the Bridge Campaign’ in London on 8 March 2011.  The sun was shining, spirits were high and a lot of enthusiasm was shown.

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There were 464 such events worldwide.  London’s event drew more than 2,000 women, men and children.  We met at Borough Market early that morning and marched along the river carrying banners and balloons.  Doves were released and chants and songs were sung.  We crossed Millennium Bridge and gathered at the Royal Festival Hall to hear several inspiring women speak, including Annie Lennox.  It was a day of celebration but also an attempt to raise the profile of issues facing women today. The focus was on the call to change the situations here in England as well as further afield in countries like Afghanistan.

Thanks to everyone who came out to make this such an enjoyable and successful event!

Submitted by Elisabeth Partyka
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