Cairo Opera House Egypt Today
CAIRO – 5 March 2019: Celebrating the International Women's Day, Cairo Opera House will organise a poetic event on Wednesday, March 6.
Egyptian poets Sherine el Adawy, AbeerZaki, HananShaheen, and Habiba el-Zain, as well asveteran Egyptian poet Mohamed el-Shahawy, accompanied by Egyptian pianist Salah Abdallah will perform in the event.
Friday, March 8 marks the International Women’s Day (IWD), a day when activists all over the world unite to send a strong call to motivate communities to be gender inclusive.
IWD is a time to reflect on progress made, call for change and celebrate the determination of women who have shaped history.
"Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world,” United Nations (U.N.) Secretary General António Guterres previously recounted.
The International Women’s Day serves every year as a platform to highlight women's achievements, journeys and the struggles that women go through in their everyday lives.
Despite notable progress since 1909, the year of the first IWD, celebrating this day remains necessary and relevant, as many challenges and struggles still stand in the way of full gender parity, especially since the original aim of the day has not been realized.
Inspired by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the feminist agenda has gone further and is no longer affiliated with any one group, ethnicity, color, background or gender.
Women from all over the world are voicing to the world that everyone should act upon issues that continue to stand in the way of gender equality, and that equality benefits everyone in society.
The theme for IWD 2018 was “Women Too: Press on to Progress as Game Changers”, aiming to encourage people to take strong action and be vocal to press forward and progress gender parity.