Institute for Peace and Justice
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Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
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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.

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.