Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. In Bermuda this was mostly recognised yesterday, Friday the 7th, but the Women’s Resource Centre asking people to wear purple, the official colour of international women’s day, as well as the more or less internationally accepted symbolic colour of feminism.
This day is increasingly becoming more and more known, and I do think it is only a matter of time before it assumes even greater importance than it currently enjoys. While in some areas the empowerment of women that this day was originally created for was bastardised into a form akin to Valentines Day, it is important to reinforce its original idea.
I would like to see it become a public holiday in Bermuda. Anyone have any ideas how to go about organising that?
And while we’re on the topic of public holidays, I see the Government has decided not to rename Bermuda Day. I was not opposed to the proposed name change, but I do think while the opposition to it did stem partly from general conservative reaction, I also think it indicated a general positive development of general Bermudian national consciousness, and that is important to recognise.
I still don’t know why we persist in celebrating the Queen’s Birthday. If there’s any holiday that deserves renaming and retooling, its this one, and we might as well make that our national heroes day.
Comrade Rowland by the way has put up a series of interesting posts on his site in relation to IWD, as well as links to some important sites, archives almost, such as the special IWD bit by the MIA. There’s alot to read, but very informative all the same.
Also, here’s some pictures from around the world celebrating IWD.
One might also find the coordinating website for IWD informative.