5 Things to Celebrate on International Women’s Day

The UAE is celebrating International Women’s Day by having an all-women’s flight from Dubai to San Francisco on its Emirates airline. All those working on the flight – from flight attendants to pilots to radar technicians to service personnel – will be women.


In Egypt, a woman who was being sexually harassed on the street fought back, hitting her attacker with her handbag without letting up, even when other people tried to stop her. A video of the incident, taken from a nearby security camera, went viral after being posted on social media. The viral video put pressure on the police to track down and apprehend the attacker. He was subsequently tried and sentenced to three years in jail.


In Afghanistan, women journalists, editors and producers are running Zan TV, a station made entirely by women. Zan, which means woman in the Dari language, is the first such media outlet in Afghanistan.

“The happiest moment of my life is when I report the facts visually, talk about challenges that women face in our society,” said Shogofa Sidiqui, a chief reporter at the station.

“They have to show their courage and ability to be a role model as women for other women in [the] future.”


In Saudi Arabia, a woman in a park without a head covering fought off harassers with a stick. A video of the event sparked a widespread debate in the kingdom, with one person describing her as “so brave” and another calling her a “Saudi Wonder Woman.” Others disagree, saying she had provoked men by walking in the park with her hair uncovered.


Women in Iran continue have taken their “White Wednesdays” protests of the obligatory wearing of hijabs one step farther by not wearing a hijab at all. (The protest first started with women wearing white hijabs on Wednesdays to protest the government’s oppressive policy.)

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The Censored Women’s Film festival, together with Women’s Voices Now, is sponsoring a screening of the Academy Award-nominated animated film, The Breadwinner, in New York City on March 13. Clarion spokeswoman Raheel Raza will participate in a discussion after the film. For details, click here.


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Meira Svirsky
Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org