International Women's Day 8 March 2016
A Round-Up of Some Campaign Members' Activities 


News re abortion law reform bill and demonstration 8 March

The Constitution Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile approved the bill submitted by President Bachelet, on three grounds: rape, risk to life of the woman and the fetal nonviability. The vote was eight in favour and five against, approved thanks to further information from the government with regard to the controversial grounds of rape. Now the bill should go to the Chamber of Deputies on 8 March, and then to the Senate. )


The 8 March demonstration in Chile will focus on the abortion law reform bill and will also call for other social legislation.

The 17th Warsaw Manifa (the biggest feminist demonstration in Poland) will march through Warsaw on Sunday, March 6 with reproductive justice as a main subject. Federation for Women and Family Planning is taking part in preparation this event. 
Abortion is pro life!: slogan for International Women’s Day march

 The slogan of the 17th Warsaw Manifa demonstration brings rationality back into the debate about the right to termination of pregnancy in Poland. It turns public attention to who in fact is defending life and who is doing harm to others. 
The slogan might seem absurd to some, but its explanation is very simple: the right to abortion saves lives indeed – the lives of women and children. No access to legal termination of pregnancy forces women to turn to dangerous and expensive backstreet abortion. They have to terminate pregnancies without medical assistance, risking their lives and exposing their children to the risk of orphanhood. Every year 5 million women worldwide are hospitalized due to complications resulting from illegal abortions. Around 220,000 children a year lose their mothers for the same reason. Denying a woman the right to abortion is like putting a gun to her head. 
Manifa demands access to abortion, contraception, sexual education and respectful care during childbirth and miscarriage, and calls for genuine support for people with children. This is the way to really defend life - by granting people these rights.
The right to make informed decisions about one’s own fertility is a human right!
We are expecting many anti choice manifestation. To show solidarity with us you can take a photo with our slogan "Abortion is pro life" or "Abortion saves lives" and post it on you fb or twitter account with #manifa2016 #federa


Street art to make a statement on reproductive justice

"I saw this on the streets of Ljubljana today. A great example of how you can use street art to make a political statement regarding reproductive justice."

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From a member of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Ljubljana, Slovenia

#streetart #reproductivejustice #slovenia #YCtravels


Dialogue/meeting on women's sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Middle East and North Africa
Sex og Samfund (Sex & Society) are working to strengthen women's health and rights in connection with pregnancy, childbirth and sexuality, in Denmark and also in Africa and Asia.
On International Women’s Day together with KVINFO, we invite you to a dialogue/meeting on women's sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Middle East and North Africa. You will meet two Syrian women who have fled their country of origin and now live in Denmark. They will tell their personal stories and share their experiences and analysis of the rights of women in relation to pregnancy and birth in Syria. You will also get to hear a scientist on how gender and culture have an influence on women's sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Middle East and North Africa. The event will take place on 8 March at 14.30-17 at Sex & Society, Copenhagen, in English.


65th General Assembly welcomes new members

The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) has just announced that their membership has grown to 127 groups in 119 countries! At their 65th General Assembly this week, they welcomed IFMSA AMSA-Uzbekistan, AFMS-Antigua Barbuda, and UMMSA-Malawi and also congratulated KazMSA-Kazakhstan and UMSA-Ukraine as their newest full members.

65th General Assembly, Malta, March 2016


Ideas about menstruation and products such as sanitary towels are important if you want the position of girls and women in developing countries to improve. Simavi is constantly on the lookout for social and technical innovations to improve the impact of our programmes for girls worldwide!

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Simavi's Ruben Korevaar will give a lecture on this subject at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). He will talk about how social and technological innovations have resulted in young women are now able to attend school and work during their menstruation, contributing to their empowerment. See the blog by Ruben on innovation in menstrual hygiene management:


HIVOS spotlights an article in NRC Next, a Dutch online newspaper for young people, about the Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad who, after she left Iran, started a Facebook page called My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران where she posted photographs of Iranian women who took off their headscarves in public, even though it is banned to do so. Thousands of women follow her.


Women constitute as many as 60-80% of the labour force in global supplier chains. Although these supplier chains give them access to the formal economy, social services and income, the women also experience many serious breaches of their rights, sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. On 8 March, we will hold a seminar about women’s rights and global supplier chains, together with Initiativ for etisk handel (IEH) - ETI Norway, Work and HERproject. Welcome!

Is there is a common global feminist agenda? Is feminism a western notion? And what is the role of men? The Norwegian Students’ and Academics’’ International Relief Fund (SAIH) and the Center for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo (Sum) invites you to a debate on International Women’s Day about these questions with academics and activists from the Gambia, Norway, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

Baby stroller march to end maternal mortality

Pregnant women in war settings and refugees need your support! Every 2 minutes a woman dies due to the fact that she has become pregnant! We have called a #barnvagnsmarschen (Baby stroller march) to end maternal mortality on 5 March!
Many thanks for today @IsabellaLovin & the government for feminist support for #srhr & in the fight against maternal mortality!!

Gender Sensitivity Programme for Children to be implemented in 25,000 schools in Maharashtra

In what is proof of the fact that teaching schoolchildren about gender issues is much more likely to turn them into gender-sensitive people, a study targeted at students between 11 and 14 years of age discovered that instances of gender-related violence in schools, as well as gender bias, were reduced significantly after students were taken through certain gender sensitisation sessions.
The study, which is a joint programme between the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), is now going to be a part of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, and will be implemented in 25,000 schools across Maharashtra.


Protection of Women against Violence Bill 2015

This new law, passed by the Punjab assembly in Pakistan, is groundbreaking as it intends to criminalize all forms of violence against women, including domestic, emotional, psychological, economic, or sexual. It establishes a toll-free abuse reporting phone hotline for women to report abuse or violence. A variety of shelters for women and children to go to when necessary will also be constructed.

There are thousands of reported cases of violence against women every year in Pakistan from domestic violence, rape, acid attacks, sexual assault, kidnappings, and honour killings. According to an
Aurat Foundation Study in 2013, there were 5,800 crimes against women in the Punjab province alone - that’s 74% of crimes against women in all of Pakistan that year.

This new law It may be a game changer, but the YP Foundation asks: will it help to get to the root of the problem? 



Feminism in India event: Aath March, Saath March! International Women's Day 2016

This Women's Day, let us all come together and speak out against the ‪#injustices faced by so many of us everyday. ‪#8MarDelhi16 ‪#WomensDay

Aath March Saath March: International Women's Day 2016
Tues 10:30 in UTC+05:30 · Jantar Mantar · New Delhi, India

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8 March Seminar: Pledge for Parity

#SobatMuda, Seminar "Problem Perkawinan Anak di Indonesia", 8 March, PSKK UGM.
#InfoPKBI #IWD2016 #PledgeForParity

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Ni Nyampinga for girls in Rwanda
Nearly five years ago, Girl Effect launched a multimedia, editorial multi-platform youth brand Ni Nyampinga, for girls, by girls. Positive, inspiring, educational, and entertaining, Ni Nyampinga has reached over one million girls in Rwanda, empowering them to create content for their peers that challenges perceptions of girls’ value in society. So far, 71 per cent of the girls reached by Ni Nyampinga say it has boosted their self-worth and confidence, and one way it does that is by showcasing role models. #Empowerment ‪#Rwanda
Festival Artístico Provocarte Rebelde por el Día de la Mujer

Con el objetivo de recordar el 8 de marzo, “Día Internacional de la Mujer Trabajadora”, como un día de lucha y resistencia, y como parte de los procesos formativos sobre derechos sexuales y derechos reproductivos llevados con jóvenes de los barrios populares de la ciudad de Quito. Cuyo evento se caracterizara por la presentación de bandas musicales de varios géneros  (Rock, Rap, Reggae, Cumbia). 
(We will celebrate 8 March as the "International Day of the Working Woman" and as a day of struggle and resistance, as part of awareness-raising activities on sexual and reproductive rights with young people from poor neighborhoods in the city of Quito. There will be musical bands of various genres (rock, rap, reggae, cumbia).

Some of the things you shouldn’t do on this day
Ya viene el Día Internacional de la Mujer. Aquí algunas de las cosas que NO debes hacer en este día…(Here comes International Women’s Day! Here is a video to tell you some of the things that you should NOT do on this day...) 

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