Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.
— UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
March 8 is International Women’s Day.
On this day, we honor those who have come before us in the global movement for women’s rights and equality, and reflect on the progress still to be made.
We commemorate the struggles and achievements of those individuals- both celebrated and nameless- who fought for women to have a voice in society.
At the same time, we acknowledge the challenges still facing women and girls worldwide. These include barriers to education and economic self-determination, gender-based violence and harassment, and uneven progress with respect to the rights of minority, disabled and socioeconomically disadvantaged women.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme celebrates the activists working to empower women worldwide, and to change deep-seated social practices of sexual harassment, gender-based violence and discrimination.
The American Women’s Club of Brussels is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day by re-affirming our commitment to empowering women in Belgium and beyond. We invite AWCB members, friends and members of the public alike to join us for a series of special women-focused events in March:
On Thursday, March 8, the AWCB welcomes artist Fab Rideti as she presents “Multiple of One”, an exploration of the multifaceted nature of women in society. What social masks do we wear? Who are we really, as women and as individuals? We will follow this program with a charity lunch in support of projects empowering women. All are welcome- Register now!
On Friday, March 16, we come together to support “Hope Beyond Displacement”, a community-based project to educate, train and empower refugee women and girls in the Middle East. This initiative had the honor of being selected as the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Abroad (FAWCO) target project for 2017-19. Catering for this special fundraising lunch will be provided by Our House, a local NGO offering community-based integration services and employment to refugees and asylum seekers in Belgium. We will also welcome a special guest speaker to discuss the issue of violence against women in Belgium. All are welcome- Register here!
On Tuesday, March 20, all are welcome as we take part in the fight against breast cancer. We’ll hand-craft beautiful, heart-shaped pillows for use by women who are recovering from breast surgery in Belgian hospitals. All skill levels are welcome, and no previous sewing experience is required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
During the month of March, we will also be accepting in-kind donations of bedding, linens, dishes and cutlery for a local shelter for women who have escaped domestic violence. As many of the residents have escaped violent homes with little other than their clothing, these donations will help them in their transition from the shelter to independent housing.
For questions or to volunteer to help with any of these initiatives, please contact email@example.com.