Sex boycott planned
WORLD The United Nations calls the 8th of March International Woman's Day. Spain and other countries principally in Eastern Europe calls it Working Woman's Day. And they're both right because Spain keeps to the original, which came from what was once the Soviet Union, where it started as a political event. There were those with a lot of influence in the UN (read the USA) who were not pleased by this fact during the Cold War. So now there's two denominations for what in different regions of the world ranges from a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements. Never mind all that. The UN 2013 theme is "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women,", and the International Women's Day 2013 has declared the year's theme as "The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum." Both are important themes that need attention. Be warned, though: the themes are planned well ahead.>>>
The Ukraine plans an interesting theme for 2017: the Women's Movement FEMEN calls upon the women to start a sex boycott 8th March from 00:00 till 24:00 to protest against sexual exploitation of Ukrainian women.
We may look askance at it from where we sit, but in fact, all over Europe and increasingly in other parts of the world, women from Ukraine have been for years been tricked into prostitution.
Over there, they see things differently: 2017 will be the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, which was sparked on March 8, 1917 by women protesting against bread shortages in St. Petersburg.
These events culminated in the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II on March 15.
It doesn't seem right to wish our women readers a happy woman's day under the weight of all these themes (and we only speak as men), but we do wish you well.