Global holiday is a 'terrible dream' for Ukrainian women
International Women's Day is a global day to celebrate women, but many fleeing Ukraine felt only the stress of finding a new life for their children as husbands, brothers and fathers stayed behind to defend their country from Russia’s invasion.
Turkey withdraws from European treaty protecting women
(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)ISTANBUL – Turkey withdrew early Saturday from a landmark European treaty protecting women from violence that it was the first country to sign 10 years ago and which bears the name of its largest city. The Istanbul Convention states that men and women have equal rights and obliges state authorities to take steps to prevent gender-based violence against women, protect victims and prosecute perpetrators. “We were struggling every day so the Istanbul Convention would be implemented and women would live. We now hear that the Istanbul Convention has been completely repealed,” Dilan Akyuz, 30, who joined other women demonstrating in Istanbul. Numerous women's rights groups slammed the decision, saying laws protecting women are inadequately enforced.
Turkey detains 13 for 'insulting' Erdogan on Women's Day
In this photo dated Monday, March 8, 2021, protesters chant slogans during a march to mark International Women's Day in Istanbul. According information from Istanbul governor's office, Thursday March 11, 2021, Turkish police detained 13 people who participated in a Women's Day march on Monday for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)ANKARA – Turkish police have detained 13 people who participated in a Women’s Day march for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, officials and news reports said Thursday. The Cumhuriyet newspaper and other media said the suspects were detained for questioning over slogans deemed to be insulting to Erdogan. Insulting the president is a crime in Turkey, punishable by up to four years in prison.
US protective status offers relief for Venezuelans living in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Department of Homeland Security announced the U.S. will be granting Temporary Protective Status, or TPS, to as many as 320,000 Venezuelans living in the country. “TPS there’s a very limited window during which immigration or USCIS has to receive your application. So, for Venezuelan TPS immigration has to receive your application before Sept. 5 of this year,” Pachón Silva said. “They will be allowed to remain in the United States, they will be protected from deportation, they will get work authorization and a social security number. “If you were not in the United States yesterday you won’t be able to qualify,” Pachón Silva said.
On International Women's Day, laments of retreat on rights
A woman waves a feminist flag as demonstrators attempt to storm the National Palace during a march to commemorate International Women's Day and protesting against gender violence, in Mexico City, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)CAMEROON – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on International Women’s Day that the COVID-19 pandemic has seen “a rollback in hard-won advances in women’s rights” even as calls for women's empowerment echoed around the globe, from Myanmar and Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia and the United States. “We stand at a crossroads as we ponder the recovery from a pandemic that has had a disproportionate impact on women and girls, ” said UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the U.N. observance of International Women’s Day. AdAround the world, there were expressions of concern at the state of women’s rights. According to Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission, 65 women were killed and 95 wounded in targeted attacks in 2020.
Protesters urge end to violence against women in Turkey
Protesters chant slogans during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Istanbul, Monday, March 8, 2021.Thousands of people joined the march to denounce violence against women in Turkey, where more than 400 women were killed last year. The demonstrators are demanding strong measures to stop attacks on women by former partners or family members as well as government commitment to a European treaty on combatting violence against women. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)ISTANBUL – Thousands of people joined a Women’s Day march in central Istanbul on Monday to denounce violence against women in Turkey, where more than 400 women were killed last year. The demonstrators are demanding strong measures to stop attacks on women by former partners or family members as well as government commitment to a European treaty on combating violence against women. AdA total of 68 women were killed in the country since the start of the year, according to the We Will Stop Femicide Platform.
Mexican president defends record as women protest
Thousands of women marched in Mexico City Monday to mark Women’s Day, focusing the spotlight on López Obrador’s contradictions. “He should start really fighting, but for the women of Mexico,” said marcher Ana De la Toba, a 39-year old Mexico City lawyer. “Half of the cabinet are women,” López Obrador said at his daily morning news conference. Attention focused on the barricades erected in fronts of the colonial-era National Palace where López Obrador lives and works. “The barricades were put up because the conservatives are very upset,” López Obrador said.
Polish women mark Women's Day protesting abortion ban
People take part in a protest on International Women's Day in Warsaw, Poland, Monday March 8, 2021. Womens rights activists in Poland marked International Womens Day on Monday caught between reasons to celebrate and a heavy sense that they are facing a long battle ahead. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW – Women's rights activists in Poland marked International Women's Day on Monday caught between reasons to celebrate and a heavy sense that they are facing a long battle ahead. Monday's protest focuses on abortion rights, but also included calls for greater state support for in vitro procedures and sexual education. Around her, supporters of the Women's Strike poured into its Warsaw office, preparing banners and other materials for their “Women's Day Without Compromises” protest hours later.
Thousands of Ukrainian women march against domestic violence
Activists shouts slogans at a rally on the occasion of the International Women's Day in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, March 8, 2021. Millions across the globe are marking International Women's Day by demanding a gender-balanced world amid persistent salary gap, violence and widespread inequality. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)KYIV – Thousands of women marched through the center of Ukraine's capital on International Women's Day to draw attention to domestic violence, which has risen sharply amid restrictions imposed to block the spread of coronavirus. During the pandemic, cases of domestic violence in Ukraine increased by almost half. Over the past year, the police received 174,386 statements of domestic violence.
WATCH LIVE: President, vice president host International Women’s Day event
[President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are set to make remarks in honor of International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day was born. Ad1913: It was agreed that March 8 would be International Women’s Day moving forward. 1975: International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations. 2011: The 100 year anniversary of the first International Women’s Day events held in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.
Defying pandemic, feminists in Spain decry far-right attacks
While staying at a distance from each other, women attend an International Women's Day gathering at an avenue in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 8, 2021. Women in Spain are marking this year's International Women's Day with static protests, bicycle fun-rides and small-sized events to prevent gatherings that could trigger a new spike of coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)MADRID – Women in Spain on Monday marked this year’s International Women's Day with static protests, pot-banging, bicycle fun rides and other small-sized events to prevent gatherings that could trigger a new spike of coronavirus infections. Spain's thriving feminist movement has claimed a few victories in recent years, including the adoption of gender violence laws and forcing judicial reforms regarding sexual abuse. Far-right activists, meanwhile, have campaigned against gender violence laws that they say discriminate against men and lambasted the government’s push to make consent in sexual relations legally mandatory.
Women fill streets of world's cities with call for justice
Pakistani activists take part in an International Women's Day rally in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 8, 2020. In Pakistan, however, women managed to rally in cities across the country, despite petitions filed in court seeking to stop them. Tens of thousands of women filled the streets of Mexico's capital to protest rampant femicides and impunity for the killers. Tens of thousands of women also marched in Madrid and other Spanish cities, despite concern over the spread of the new coronavirus. In Mexico, where activists plan to hold a “Day Without Women” on Monday, Natalia Olalde said she marched because she’s fed up with the lack of justice for women in the country.
Meghan urges men to honor the women in their lives
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, joins in a discussion of the "Senior Debate Squad" at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, in eastern London, during a surprise visit to celebrate International Women's Day, Friday, March 6, 2020. Meghan visited the school, addressing pupils in an assembly ahead of the worldwide celebration of women's achievements on Sunday. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)LONDON – Prince Harry’s wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has visited a school to offer an International Women’s Day message with an appeal to men to honor the women in their lives. And let's all just rally together to make International Women's Day something that is not just on Sunday, but frankly feels like every day of the year." The Duchess of Sussex asked for a male volunteer to offer their thoughts on the importance of International Women's Day.