international women's day 2011

100 million Stitches for 100 million Women – 100 Events for 100th International Women’s Day – Scotland

Posted on: 23 February 2011

Tuesday March 8th 2011 is the Centenary of International Womens’ Day.

We are trying to provoke Scotland into asking questions regarding women in 2011 by collectively knitting between 60 and 100 million stitches to exhibit as a backdrop to this event. That, my friend, is a 21km scarf… or one massive blanket. Why the big blanket?

Demographer’s have shown that there are between 60 million and 100 million females missing from today’s global population. Sheryl WuDunn, co auther, “Half The Sky”. http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/sheryl_wudunn_our_century_s_greatest_injustice.html

We are coming together for International Women’s Day to celebrate and look to women for solutions, stories and inspiration.

We are bringing together 100 events which will be hosted at Glasgow’s Tramway and Hidden Gardens on Tuesday 8th March including: speakers, story tellers, visual art, dance, music, film, and a massive amount of knitting.

We are asking you to get involved.

Here’s how: 1 KNIT a square and send it to us!

    Jetson and Janssen
    garterstitch100
    c/o Tramway
    25 Albert Drive
    Glasgow G41 2PE

Deadline for knitting: 1st March

If you can’t knit, head for the older ladies, and if you ask nicely you might get a lesson. Or there’s always “How to” on you tube.

The squares should be knitted on size 4 (or there abouts) needles, and divisible by 3:

i.e. 3 inches by 3 inches, 6 inches by 6 inches, 12 inches by 12 inches . . . . 300 x 300. You can contribute as much clickety clack as you wish!

DEADLINE FOR KNITTING: 1st March 2011 – but the sooner we get it the better! Then we can make it art and stop having kittens!

If you would like to be part of the ‘STANDANDSTITCHALOT’ please let us know too!

PLEASE NOTE: your knitting will be well loved, appreciated, cared for and good homes will be found for it after the event.

We have no money but a whole lot of love.

More info and ideas at http://posterous.com/people/YMKhqQFWQxj

Tuesday 8th March from 10am – 11pm. * Entrance is FREE.
Tramway | Hidden Gardens | The Work Room | Scottish Ballet
Check for update on event at http://garterstitch100.posterous.com/pages/100-events

WHAT ARE WE DOING ?
* holding 100 Events on the 100th International Women’s Day | loop
* knitting 100 million stitches to represent 100 million women | sitandknitabit

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

It is estimated that 100 million women are missing from the world today due to gender discrimination. Each stitch will represent a woman missing: discriminated to death or vanished from the global population.

Some of the reasons women are ‘missing’:

    * gender provoked infanticide and abortion It is impossible to gather statistics on the number of girls who die annually from infanticide. Calculations are clouded by the nature of the crime, and by ambiguity and unrelability of much of the data. Nonetheless, a minimum estimate would place casualties in the hundreds of thousands. Sex-selective abortions likely account for an even higher number of ‘missing’ girls, and is a crime overwhelmingly commited by women.
    * sex trafficking and slavery Again, the nature of the crime makes statistics and estimates difficult to rely on. A 2009 UNIFEM report estimates that the number of trafficked persons range from 500,000 to 2 million per year. In India, the federal police say that around 1.2 million children are involved in commercial sexual exploitation.
    * prioritising resources and medical care to men in communities [eg vaccinations]
    * lack of education education is a human right and an essential tool for achieving the goals of equality, development and peace. Non- discriminatory education benefits men and women, boys and girls. In 2008, UNESCO’s statistics from 157 counries indicated that only one third of countries has reached gender equality in both primary and secondary education
    * preventable complications in child birth which needlessly claim one woman a minute

We wish to take a fresh look at the challenges women face today in:

    * governments Women make up less than 20% of UK MP’s. The UK now stands at 52 in the international league of women’s representation in parliaments – about level with the United Arab Emirates and below Afganistan, Rwanda, and Iraq. Lack of equal representation has direct consequences on policy making and the therefore the lives of everyone.
    * workplaces 96% of executive directors of the UK’s top 100 companies are men. 40 years after the Equal Pay Act, women working full-time in the UK are still paid an average of 16.4% less per hour than men. 30,000 women every year lose their jobs as a result of becoming pregnant
    * homes 1 in 4 women in Britain will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime, many of these on a number of occasions
    * in the media statistics everywhere show what we know in our guts. The roots of women being valued for their physical appearence, analysts say, are economic. By presenting an ideal impossible to achieve and maintain, the cosmetic and diet and clothing industries are assured of growth and profits. Research also indicates that exposure to images of thin, young, air-brushed female bodies is linked to depression, loss of self esteem and unhealthy eating habits. It’s also an all consuming obsession of our time which distracts from more pressing issues…

We wish to open conversation and debate about women in the 21st century.

http://garterstitch100.posterous.com/pages/what-are-we-doing-and-why

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