Thursday, March 08, 2007

Happy International Women's Day! Civil disobedience and the like aside, it sounds like a nice holiday. The kind of day that makes me wish to live in any of the following countries—for the day.

The day remains an official holiday in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam, and is observed by men giving the women in their lives - mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc., flowers and small gifts.

In some countries it is also observed as an equivalent of Mother's Day, where children also give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union the celebrations of IWD was abandoned in Armenia. Instead April 7 was introduced as state holiday of ‘Beauty and Motherhood.’

Where are my little presents, I mean political and human rights, huh, guys? Joking aside, as much as I like the "Beauty and Motherhood" business, it is a day rooted in political struggle. To commemorate this day, lest we forget there's still a struggle at hand, notably massive human trafficking, read up on IWD, sister.

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