We would like to send you all our warmest wishes on International Women’s Day.
This special day is an opportunity for all of us, women and men, to unite and move forward in the belief that human beings are born free and equal, in dignity and rights, and that all persons are entitled to live a life free of discrimination.
This year, an 8th of March Organisation Committee, has been set up in order to celebrate Working Women’s Day in streets of Nicosia. POST RI is delighted to be a member of this committee and involved in today’s events.
Today’s event will begin 3.00pm at Kugulu Park, Kyrenia Gate. The group will then march towards Lokmaci/Ledra checkpoint claiming the rights to gender equality. Please join us!
Following the march, we will continue to celebrate Working Women’s Day with a series of events organised by 8th March Organisation Committee members. These events will be taken place throughout March 2011.
As part of this, POST RI has pleasure in inviting you to a series of film screening from 9 to 15 March:
Wednesday 9 March – Vagina Monologues
Friday 11 March– Antonia’s Line – organised by POST RI and Initiative Against Homophobia
Tuesday 15 March – Real Women Have Curves
All the screenings will be taken place at 19.00 at the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) in Ledra Palace Buffer Zone, Nicosia.
Please see the attached documents for further details of POST RI Screenings and the various activities being organised for International Women’s Day.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The POST Research Institute Team
A better world for us all includes the empowering of women everywhere.
8th of MARCH 2011 JOINT DECLARATION
We celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the International Working Women’s Day by marching together, chanting slogans and demanding full implementation of our human rights last year.
This year, we, as 16 Civil Society Organizations, will take to the streets with even greater numbers. Our aim is to make this a tradition, just like many other countries around the world and march on the occasion of International Working Women’s Day and claim gender equality rights.
Gender discrimination is visible in many areas of public life in our country; women lag behind men in social and political representation, unpaid domestic labour is ignored and the majority of women who are capable of working, fail to do so. The incidents of every form of violence against women not only victimize women, but also leave a scar on the public conscience. In spite of this, the state does not provide services and institutions supporting the victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. High ranking positions and political representations lack both feminist values and women’s representation and they are dominated by patriarchal and militaristic rhetoric.
Due to the increasing neo-liberal policies, workers’ rights have deteriorated and the people of Cyprus are becoming poorer. This has created a particular impact on women, who carry the burden of life on their shoulders. Similarly, because of the gender roles of women, they are the ones who are affected the most by the privatization of health and education sectors.
Despite the fact that women of all ages are pioneering in strikes, meetings and demonstrations, they are not visible enough and their demands are not heard. Our struggle will not be successful until we demolish ongoing patriarchal culture.
We will take to the streets on 8th of March for an equal and independent world where heterosexuals do not dominate other sexual orientations, humans do not dominate nature and the majority do not dominate the minority.
We, women and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) individuals who are subject to social discrimination, will walk on 8th of March for a better life, celebrating diversity and human rights for all.
We will walk and chant slogans to condemn human rights violations in nightclubs and call for authorities to close down these places.
Given that these days have been the concrete expression of our struggle of existence, we will highlight the urgency of solving the Cyprus problem, while at the same time stressing that women are the subject of the peace process.
To this end, we call upon all the civil society organizations and individuals, but especially the women and LGBTQ, to meet us at Kugulu Park on 8 March, 15:30 and part take in our march to increase our voice and visibility.
8 March Organisation Committee
Baraka Cultural Centre, Municipality Worker’s Union, CTP-BG Women’s Organisation, Feminist Atelier, Folk Arts Association and Youth Club, Initiative against Homophobia, Cyprus Turkish Civil Servants Trade Union, Cyprus Turkish Teachers Union, Cyprus Turkish Managers Association, Management Centre of the Mediterranean, Parliament Workers’ Trade Union, POST Research Institute, Foundation for Preventing Social Risks, TDP Women’s Organization, YKP FEM, Patriotic Women’s Union