So, Sunday was International Women’s Day 2015. The solar-powered plane took off on its first round-the-world flight, and I followed its adventures via social media. A pedigree dog at Crufts Dog Show in England was allegedly poisoned. Liverpool Football Club struggled to a dull goalless draw in the FA Cup. The FBI is investigating ISIS hacking Western websites.
And how were the world’s women? In Australia, a woman was stabbed to death walking in a Sydney park while talking to her husband in India on her cell phone. In Jamaica, a 71-year-old farmer in deep rural Cornwall Barracks went out to check on her chickens and was also stabbed to death. And so, sadly, the world turns.
Overseas, too, there were many challenging and extraordinary messages. It was quite a weekend, altogether. I saved some interesting posts on my Tweetdeck and might share some with you in future editions of this blog!
On Saturday, the pioneering non-governmental organization Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC), in collaboration with the Institute of Gender and Development Studies, the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Young Women’s Leadership Initiative, put together an International Women’s Day Expo on the 2015: “Women and Girls: Making It Happen.” Below are some photos and key quotes from the opening ceremony, plus a glimpse of some of the vibrant booths on display. Enjoy!