This edition of Peace & Justice News marks the 101st International Women’s Day, with a series of articles about the position of women today. On 8 March 2012, more than a thousand events are due to take place across the world: an awards show in a high school in Jalalabad City in eastern Afghanistan; art exhibitions in Dhaka, Bangladesh; a short story competition in Alexandria, Egypt; and many hundreds more events and activities to mark this significant day. As well as News from Around the Peace Movement and Centre News, we are featuring articles which focus on the international element of IWD. In this month’s issue, read about The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, or RAWA, a feminist, prodemocracy movement in Afghanistan fighting for equality and peace in their homeland. Read about the position of women in post-earthquake Haiti, and the new legislation which aims to shrink the ever growing problem of sexual violence and female illhealth across the country. Read about our very own Peace Library here at the centre, and IWD related books members can withdraw for free – such as Selling Olga, the story of a young woman sold into slavery. And, a little closer to home, read about two of our female volunteers who help make the Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre what it is.
Read more about IWD events in your area, and how you can get involved here.