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International Women’s Day 2010

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Organisations, governments and women’s groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues.

Some years have seen global IWD themes honoured around the world, while in other years groups have preferred to ‘localise’ their own themes to make them more specific and relevant.

THEME: So while many people may think there is one global theme each year, this is not always correct. It is completely up to each country and group as to what appropriate theme they select.

Below are some of the global United Nation themes used for International Women’s Day to date:

– 2010: Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all
– 2009: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls
– 2008: Investing in Women and Girls
– 2007: Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls
– 2006: Women in decision-making
– 2005: Gender Equality Beyond 2005: Building a More Secure Future
– 2004: Women and HIV/AIDS
– 2003: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals
– 2002: Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities
– 2001: Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts
– 2000: Women Uniting for Peace
– 1999: World Free of Violence against Women
– 1998: Women and Human Rights
– 1997: Women at the Peace Table
– 1996: Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future
– 1975: First IWD celebrated by the United Nations

In Kenya, several events will be going on to mark this day.  However, it is very important for all of us to help highlight issues that women in Kenya and around the world not just on March 8, every year, and to be part of the solution finding programs in our every day activities. This ranging from how we teach the girl child to handle obstacles and solve problems to mentoring young women to become the best they can be, the empowerment of women in rural areas and the prevention, treatment and management of HIV/AIDS.

At Storymoja, we have taken up the obligation to do the above by organising seminars and events that shine the light on ways that all women can find their strength and use it to make their worlds a better place. We also hold sessions that facilitate mentorship programs. Above that we seek to tell the woman’s story by sourcing and publishing inspiring life stories of the women in our country. Please visit our website, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for schedules and updates of such events.

Alternatively you can write to us at and ask to be added to the events update database.



This entry was posted on March 7, 2010 by in Writing.
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