international women's day 2011

100th anniversary of International Women’s Day Dumfries and Galloway

Posted on: 15 February 2011

Tuesday 8 March 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the annual world-wide celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD). The day will commemorate the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past and at present as well as looking to the future.

In 1911, International Women’s Day was honoured for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. More than one million women and men have campaigned for women’s rights to work; to vote; to be trained; and to hold public office and for an end to discrimination.

Locally, IWD will be supported in a number of ways, including two events led by the Dumfries and Galloway Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership (DAVAWP):

1. Violence Against Women Poetry Competition Awards Ceremony in collaboration with White Ribbon Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Arts; 12.30-1.30pm, The Midsteeple, Dumfries, DG1 2BH

2. Robert Burns Centre evening programme addressing the issue of violence against women and celebrating women’s economic and political achievements.

Take my Eyes (Te Doy Mis Ojos) Tuesday 8 March (5.45pm)
Icíar Bollarín, Spain 2003, 1h49m, subtitles, 15

    ‘Take my Eyes’ provides an insight into the dynamics of an abusive relationship and its impact on the perpetrator, the survivor and her family.

    Following this free screening sponsored by the DAVAWP, there will be an opportunity for discussion.

    To reserve a place, please contact Kate Barrick on 01387 245130 or

Made in Dagenham
Tuesday 8 March (8.30pm) Nigel Cole, UK 2010, 1h53m, 15

    This British period comedy retells how a group of discontented Ford workers brought about the Equal Pay Act in 1968 (tickets available from the RBC Box Office 01387 264808)

Deputy Chief Constable George Graham, DAVAWP Chair, said: “International Women’s Day is a celebration of women’s achievements and the advancement of women and their rights. These principles are core to the DAVAWP’s ethos and are reflected in our work, which ultimately aims to eliminate domestic abuse and violence against women in this region.”

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