International Women’s Day
Today, March 8 th, marks the 99 th annual International Women’s Day
This day celebrates the contribution of individual women of significance and also honors communities of women striving to improve their economic, social and political situation. (http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/women/womday97.htm).
Yet this day gives us an opportunity to reflect and pause to consider all of the many important tasks remaining before us as we seek to improve the well-being on women around the world. At the top of this list, is ensuring that health care is available for all women and that essential family planning resources like sexuality education and contraception, are available to every family.
This afternoon, Rabbi Amy Schwartzman of Temple Rodef Shalom in Northern Virginia, will be helping to achieve these goals by speaking at a briefing on Capitol Hill with Rev. Elenora Giddings Ivory, Director of the Washington Office of the Presbyterian Church, Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the United Methodist Church, Nickie Babyeva, a youth advocate from Azerbaijan, and Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN).
The briefing is entitled: Healthy Women, Healthy Families: Religious Leaders Speak Out on International Women’s Day. It will focus specifically on a bill entitled Focus on Family Health World Wide. (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.4188.IH🙂
Capitol Hill isn’t the only place where International Women’s Day will be observed this year. Events are happening all over the world. See the list of events (http://www.internationalwomensday.com/events.asp) to find one in your country, region or city.