International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.

 “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water – Eleanor Roosevelt

This Saturday 8 March, ‘Ordinary Women are Extraordinary Too!’ will be launched on St Helena.   Members of the Island’s community – both male and female will be able to contribute words of wisdom by and for the women that have inspired them.

There will be a giant blackboard at the Canister between 10am to 1pm to write your inspiring messages.  Alternatively, hard copies of messages can be submitted to the Human Rights Facilitator, Catherine Turner, in Napoleon Street or by email to

Catherine commented:  

“Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal.  International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women, while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

“Here on St Helena we are looking forward to the extension of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) which will bring us into line with best international practice.

“Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme for our International Women’s Day Celebration – encouraging advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere and in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for equality and vigilance in inspiring in positive change.”

A leaflet on women’s rights ‘Opening Doors with CEDAW’ will also be available on Saturday outside the Canister and copies will be made available from the Human Rights Officer thereafter.


5 March 2013


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