Happy International Women’s Day!
The sad thing about this is, I didn’t know such a day existed until Thursday night, even though it seems women all over, at least in Europe, are celebrating it.
There was a small International Women’s Day conference/festival at a church in Edinburgh today which I attended.
There was a small hall where booths were set up for different organizations that celebrate or liberate women, or enhance cultural awareness. Many had things to sell, or demonstrations of cultural things, such as henna tattoos at the Sikhism booth and calligraphy at the Chinese booth.
There were also short talks given about various subjects concerning women, such as women in politics. I attended one on FGM, female genital mutilation. If you are interested in learning more about that, I’ll redirect you here.
There was also an award for the inspirational local women. This is the reason I went, because a woman from my church was nominated. The women were nominated for all kinds of good deeds, from tending gardens for elderly people to raising immigrant children to boosting the economy of Palestine by opening a Palestinian shop in Edinburgh (which I am totally going to visit). In total, eight women were nominated.
In general, it was a an interesting cultural event. My favorite thing about it was that all the women were there to celebrate womanhood. It didn’t matter where you were from, your religious background, your age, your color. It was all about the student, the businesswoman, the volunteer, the mother, the sister, the wife: the woman.
At the Sikh table, this principle from Sikh scripture was shared. All I have to say about it is AMEN.