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(en) INFO: World March of Women: international launches

From Cathy Picone <cathpete@camtech.net.au>
Date Tue, 7 Mar 2000 11:24:44 -0500


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Dear friends,
 Below is some information about what's happening around the world for the
 launch tomorrow of the World March of Women in the Year 2000 (WMW2000). As
 an addendum, you may also like to know that Aung San Suu Kyi's support of
 the campaign will be announced at the international satellite launch in
New
 York tomorrow.

 The national organising committee for WMW2000 in Australia very much
 appreciates your forwarding the information below through your networks.

 many thanks and all the best,

 Cathy Picone

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 THE WORLD MARCH OF WOMEN IN THE YEAR 2000
 LAUNCHES IN OVER 50 COUNTRIES


 March 8, 2000, International Women's Day, will be a date to remember in
the
 history of the women's movement worldwide: the launching of a planetary
 solidarity movement involving marches and actions reflecting women's
 determination to shake up the powers that be. On March 8, women everywhere
 will be launching the World March of Women in the Year 2000 and
publicising
 the demands for concrete change to combat poverty and violence against
 women.

 This dream of women the world over is now becoming a reality. So far,
3,500
 participating groups in 146 countries are currently involved in this
 unprecedented project. Already, 75 national coordinating bodies have been
 set up to develop and adopt women's national demands, plan actions and
 facilitate coordination of the many groups that continue to join forces.

 Here are some examples of the diverse activities from around the world
 scheduled for March 8:

 - Peruvian women are organizing a canto a la vida that will include
 workshops, debates and theatre;
 - In Brazil, the Carnaval de Rio will be the setting of the launch of the
 World March;
 - In India, women's groups are organizing rallies, composing songs,
 creating street theatre and testimonies on the theme of poverty and
 violence against women;
 - Moroccan women are preparing a cultural festival where many artists will
 participate in the start of the signature campaign;
 - In Bolivia, the March will be launched with a "Ch'alla," a spiritual
 ritual of the indigenous peoples of the Andes;
 - In Switzerland, a press conference is scheduled in Geneva, followed by a
 march  leading up to the offices of the WTO;
 - Indigenous women plan to launch the World March in Panama during their
 third continental conference;
 - In Romania, the March launch will take place in Iasi;
 - French women want to hold a demonstration at the Place des Droits de
 l'Homme and rename it the Place des Droits de la Femme et de l'Homme (the
 Rights of Women and Men Square);
 - In Haiti, the media will broadcast songs composed to Merengue rhythms
 during the month of February and in the streets of the capital during the
 three carnival days with the goal of raising the awareness of the
 population regarding the March demands;
 - Nepalese women are organizing a march in Kathmandu that will include
 floats followed by a contingent of women marching hand in hand, dressed in
 rainbow colours of the silhouettes in the World March logo;
 - Mozambican women will be marching through the streets of Maputo from the
 Organization of Mozambican Women's Square to the Peace Square where they
 will hold a press conference;
 - In the Philippines, community assemblies, multisectoral forums, an
 evening torchlight parade and a cultural program will surely incite women
 to action;
 - From March 1-8, Pakistani women will be presenting dramas in different
 communities on women's issues;
 - In Thailand, the launch will feature a march, a seminar and an exhibit
on
 women and social change;
 - Women from the Fiji Islands will launch their March activities by
playing
 drums and conch shells (huge seashells) and dancing;
 - Zambian women are organizing marches and televised debates;
 - In Australia, numerous launches will be held at various IWD breakfasts,
 luncheons, rallies and other IWD events around the country.

 A signature is also a commitment
 Starting on March 8, millions of women and men around the world will sign
 their names in support of the demands of the World March of Women in the
 Year 2000. These signatures signify individual and collective commitments
 to end poverty and violence against women. In Australia, we will be
 distributing these cards as from the date of the many launches on or
around
 International Women's Day. Further copies of the card can be downloaded at
 the Australian website.

 On October 17, 2000, a group of women will be delivering the millions of
 signatures and support cards in front of  the United Nations headquarters
 in New York.

 For further information on the project, please feel free to surf through
 our websites or contact us directly at the address below.

 In Australia, to find out more about the World March of Women 2000, you
can
 contact:

 World March of Women 2000
 Australian Organising Committee
 c/o GPO Box 2094
 Adelaide SA 5001
 email: cathpete@camtech.net.au
 fax: 08 8377 0706
 phone: 08 8296 4357
 Australian website:  http://www.uq.net.au/march2000/
 International website:  http://www.ffq.qc.ca/marche2000/



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