Featured image for this week’s front page took first place in the West Michigan Regional Art Exhibition held in Lowell through April 10.
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International Women’s Day honors women around the world
By EMMA PALOVA
EW Emma’s Writings Journal
Czech Republic celebrates women on March 8th during the International Women’s Day.
It used to be a big day for women in the old Czechoslovakia. We got roses, chocolates, cakes and panty hose, both at work and at home. It was also a reason for men to drink to our health.
What I love is that the country kept both the old observations of special days, while picking up on new ones like Mother’s Day. That way they doubled up on fun.
Globally, the International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political, economic achievements of women around the world while focusing on areas needing attention.
This year’s theme is, “Inspiring Change.”
I’ve always been all about change in everything, but this area of change in women’s equality around the world has always been close to my heart.
I lived in Africa for many years, where a woman meant nothing. I’ve seen women sit in the dirt at the markets nursing their babies with their older children running around them in the 110F heat. And they were all begging for money.
The well-to-do women were wrapped in saris from head to toe.
The majority of dad’s students at the University of Khartoum were men.
According to IWD 2014 hub, the vast array of communication channels, research, campaigns and corporate responsibility initiatives allow everyone to be an advocate inspiring change for women’s advancement.
Shocked by the plight of the African women, I’ve always wanted to do my share to help the cause through awareness and writing.
And the local SowHope organization based in Rockford also believes in inspiring women around the world by promoting education, wellness and economic opportunities.
“As I traveled I saw the plight of women around the world,” said president Mary Daily Brown.
This is the eighth year for the organization that has helped 38,000 women through various programs such as literacy classes and health programs.
“We’ve had photo exhibits in the past to raise money, now we’re doing the documentary screening,” said Brown.
To raise awareness and money for women around the world, the event celebrating IWD will be held in Grand Rapids.
Date & time: 12 March 2014 16.30 to 21.00
Event: GRAND RAPIDS MI CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
About: Two screenings of ‘Let Me Sow Hope’ documentary at 4:30 and 7pm. Reception at 6pm Mayor George Heartwell will host this 1st annual citywide event.
Venue: Grand Valley State University Loosemore Auditorium and Meijer Regency Room 210 Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI, 49505
Organization: SowHope: This event is sponsored by SowHope,the city of Grand Rapids, the Hauenstein Center, and several GVSU student groups
related links: SowHope at http:// http://www.sowhope.org
related links :Lowell Arts at http:// http://www.lowellarts.mi.org
Check out the local and calendar page for details on the West Michigan Regional Arts Exhibition in Lowell at the King Gallery inside Lowell Arts
Copyright (c) 2014 story by Emma Palova