For us at MMEG, every day of the year is Women’s day…. with March 8 being an extra special day!
Each year, around the world, International Women’s Day recognizes and celebrates women and their accomplishments. The first international celebration of this day was in 1911. Many of us know that it was subsequently officially established by the United Nations as the “UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace”, and the March 8 date fixed in 1975. But do we know that the UN Charter, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men?
This year, of course, appears to be a banner year for achievements in women’s rights and gender parity. A considerable amount of work by different organizations, groups and individuals has gone into these achievements. The campaign theme for this year’s International Women’s Day - “Press for Progress” - does not take these achievements for granted.
At MMEG, we continue to work hard to support and empower exceptional women from all over the world through educational grants. We have invested in women’s education since 1983, awarding over 350 grants amounting to over $3 million. Again, this year, thanks to financing from individual donors, corporate donors and family foundations, we hope to award some 30 grants.
On March 21 and 22, MMEG will mark International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with screenings at the World Bank and IFC of the movie “Dukhtar”, directed by Afia Nathaniel, a 2003 MMEG grant recipient and acclaimed filmmaker. Check out the program details on the MMEG website!