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San Diego, CA 92110

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International Women's Day Celebrations

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated globally every March 8. It was honored the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19, 1911. Since then, it has expanded across the globe to recognize and celebrate women's achievements in ending discrimination and gaining equality. The United Nations commemorates the day, and many countries have made it a national holiday.

Each year since 2004 the IPJ has held an event to commemorate IWD and report back from the U.N.'s Commission on the Status of Women. Recognizing and updating the community on the progress of women is a San Diego tradition started by the Women's Equity Council of the United Nations Association nearly 30 years ago.

Marcela Turati

March 8, 2016 - International Women's Day Breakfast: Women's Empowerment in the Midst of Tragedy

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Hear from Mexican journalist Marcela Turati on “Women’s Empowerment in the Midst of Tragedy.” IPJ Senior Program Officer Jennifer Freeman will also preview upcoming events the IPJ will be holding at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women later in March. Proceeds from the breakfast go to the Women PeaceMakers program.

Marcela Turati Muñoz of Mexico is a reporter for the magazine Proceso, where she reports about human rights, social development and the impact of drug violence and its victims. She is co-founder of the network Periodistas de a Pie (Journalists on Foot), dedicated to training journalists to improve the quality of their journalism and to defend freedom of expression.

In 2013, she received the Louis Lyons Award for conscience and integrity in journalism, granted by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. She was described by the Nieman Foundation as a “standard-bearer for the journalists who have risked their lives to document the devastating wave of violence in Mexico.”

Dydine Umunyana

March 18, 2015 - International Women's Day Breakfast: Twenty Years Beyond Beijing - Girls Empowered, Humanity Empowered

At the 12th annual celebration of International Women’s Day, the institute renewed the spirit of the Fourth World Conference on Women and brought a passionate voice for a future of reconciliation, promise and possibility — Dydine Umunyana.

Still in her early 20s, Umunyana is a Youth Peace Ambassador for Aegis Trust, an international organization working to prevent genocide, and the founder of the nonprofit Umbrella Cinema Promoters, which provides Rwandan women with education on filmmaking and storytelling, demonstrating its role in trauma healing and the importance of making their voices heard.

Over 30,000 women from around the globe gathered at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. They created a Platform for Action that has become the foundation for building an inclusive, peaceful, more just world.

International Women's Day Breakfast 2014

March 20, 2014 - International Women's Day Breakfast: Voices of the Future

In response to Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee's call in 2013 to get more men and youth involved in issues affecting women around the world -- we presented "Voices of the Future," which included women, men and youth in the conversation.

The breakfast included two dynamic speakers - Nina Church and Sedrick Murhula Ntwali - and a report from New York and the 58th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.

While in high school, Church co-founded the company Nika Water, a social entrepreneur model that donates 100 percent of its profits to providing clean water and sanitation projects in developing countries. Murhula, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, founded Young African Refugees for Integral Development, dedicated to serving urban refugees in Kampala, Uganda.

Leymah Gbowee

March 13, 2013 - International Women's Day Breakfast: Prevention of Violence Against Women

We were honored to welcome Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, back to the IPJ as the special guest speaker for the breakfast. Interim Executive Director Dee Aker and Program Officer Jennifer Freeman also presented the report from last fall's "Breaking Barriers" conference, as well as their experiences at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.

Maria Luisa Gambale

March 14, 2012 - International Women's Day Breakfast - Connect, Create, Celebrate

Accenting this year's U.N. theme of reaching out to rural women and the IPJ's focus on women and media, filmmaker Maria Luisa Gambale showed a portion of the 2011 award-winning documentary Sarabah and discussed the positive role media and entertainment can play in advancing gender justice. Sarabah is the story of singer, rapper and activist Sister Fa, “a hero to young women in Senegal and an unstoppable force for social change.”

Abigail Disney

March 8, 2011 - International Women's Day Breakfast - A Century of Celebrating Women

The IPJ presented its annual International Women's Day Breakfast to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Abigail Disney was the keynote speaker.

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International Women's Day Breakfast 2010

March 16, 2010 - International Women's Day Breakfast -Through Her Eyes: Critical perspectives from the girl child today

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International Women's Day 2009

March 18, 2009 - International Women's Day Breakfast - Powerful Voices in Peacebuilding

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International Women's Day 2008

March 7, 2008 - International Women's Day Breakfast - Global Dispatches: Financing gender equity for peace and justice

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International Women's Day 2007

March 8, 2007 - International Women's Day Breakfast - Global Dispatches: Ending violence and discrimination against the girl child

Read statements from speakers Jacqueline Lambert from the Charter School of San Diego; IPJ Program Officers Erika Lopez and Laura Taylor; and Tuyayma Osuna from High Tech High International.

International Women's Day 2006

March 8, 2006 - International Women's Day Breakfast - Global Dispatches: Women moving forward - and to the top

Read statements from speakers Anne Hoiberg of the Women's Equity Council of UNA, Fabiola Navarro, and IPJ Program Officers Shelley Lyford and Laura Taylor.

International Women's Day 2005

March 8, 2005 - International Women's Day Breakfast - Women Together Change the World

Peace by Peace: Women on the Frontlines

March 8, 2004 - International Women's Day Film Screening - "Peace X Peace: Women on the Frontlines"

"Peace X Peace: Women on the Frontlines" is a documentary filmed in Argentina, Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burundi and the United States. It celebrates women peacebuilders as it reveals the critical work of women around the world building peace from the ground up and top down. The film weaves together intimate verité portraits and follows incredible women as they challenge traditional concepts of how to build sustainable peace.

The film screening was followed by a panel discussion and a report back from CSW.