Chargé d’Affaires on 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day
March 5 — On March 3, Chargé d’Affaires Mary Thompson-Jones opened a press conference at the American Center of the Czech Women’s Lobby marking the Week of Action celebrating the 100th anniversary of the International Women's Day to take place between 8 and 12 March 2010.
In her opening speech, Ms. Mary Thompson-Jones spoke about not only the history and American roots of International Women’s Day, but also on today’s situation in which millions of women in the world suffer from discrimination, poverty, social inequality or lack of access to education. “Women rarely initiate large conflicts, but in many cases they are their main victims,” she said and noted that the International Women’s Day is an opportunity to raise awareness in the society and help overcome the gender stereotypes and prejudice and help women achieve freedom and equality.
Representatives of the Czech Women’s Lobby that unites 23 organizations promoting women’s rights introduced events and happenings which will be part of the Week of Action. More on the program can be found on www.czlobby.cz.