International Women’s day coming up

Lina Vinje

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International women’s day has been marked every year, all over the world, for over 100 years. On March 8, we celebrate respect, appreciation and love towards women and all of our achievements. 

For 2013, the UN theme for the day is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”, while the International Women’s Day 2013 has decided that the theme is “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum”.

So, how can we celebrate International Women’s Day here in Dublin you might ask? I’ve picked my three favourite events below:

Wednesday 6th – T-shirt Painting and Coffee Morning by Trinity College

Organised by the Gender Equality Society
Paint-theme is as follows: “This is what a Feminist Looks Like”
In addition to t-shirt painting there will also be a collection of donations for Oxfam’s drive to support women in the third world.
Will also include tea/coffee and cake.
Venue: Elizabethan Rooms, House 6
Time: 11am-1pm
More information here 

Thursday 7th – Illustrated story

Illustrated story with collective family memories and anecdotes by Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, who is the granddaughter of Hanna and Francis Sheehy-Skeffington – Free booking recommended
Organised by Dublin City Public Libraries
Venue: Pembroke Library in Dublin 4 – map here
Time: 1-2 pm
More information here

Friday 8th – Saturday 9th – Celebrating new writing

Celebrating new writing – A series of new play readings that all celebrate women – open and FREE but booking is essential
“Before people think it is a lesbian feminist thing – it’s not! And it is not in any way a male bashing machine. Idir Mná (Irish for “Amongst Women”) aims to address the imbalance in our profession on the lack of decent female roles in a way that doesn’t involve women sitting around complaining about shoes, boys or periods” – Artistic Director Yvonne.
Venue: The New Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Time: 1, 3 and 4 pm
More information here

Tiny sidenote for male readers feeling left out: International Men’s Day is celebrated every year on the 19th of November.

SO? Who’s celebrating International Women’s Day? What event sounds like the most fun? Are you going to any of the ones above? 

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Lina Vinje

Journalism student at Griffith College Dublin. Follow me on Twitter @LinaVinje