Category Archives: Women

International Women’s Day – Infographic

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Here are some infographics to show how we advanced for an equal world, but we still have a long way to go…

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Happy Women’s Day

Mooooo

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Realistic Body Art

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Japanese art student Chooo-San, aged 19, uses only acrylic paint and her incredible talent to transform herself into a mutant or cyborg. Multiple mouths, six eyes or even batteries protruding from her forearms – these are just a few examples of what she can do with a human body.

Everything began when Chooo-San was studying for university admission exams. She would draw eyes and other objects on her hands while taking breaks from her studies.

Finally, she took her hobby a step further and created a portfolio of her realistic body paintings. The results look incredibly promising.

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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Pictures

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A Diamond Jubilee is a celebration held to mark a 75th anniversary, but only the 60th anniversary in the case of a monarch (e.g. length of time a monarch has reigned). Traditionally, the diamond jubilee or anniversary of a person was also on the 75th anniversary. This changed with the diamond jubilee of the English Queen Victoria’s reign. There was considerable national unrest when Queen Victoria largely withdrew from public life after her husband’s death in 1861. It was decided to bring the diamond jubilee forward to the 60th anniversary on 22 June, 1897. The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, celebrated on 2 June, 2012, was only the second in the country’s history.

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More than 1 million people gathered in central London as the Queen made her final public appearance of the diamond jubilee celebrations.

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Here are some pictures of the 4 days

Saturday 2 June

The Queen attended the Epsom Derby

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Sunday 3 June

The Big Jubilee Lunch: Building on the already popular Big Lunch initiative, people were encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: This event took place on the Thames and consisted of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh travelled in the Royal Barge which formed the centrepiece of the flotilla.

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Monday 4 June

BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace: A host of famous faces came together to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee against the backdrop of Buckingham Palace.

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth. As in 2002, The Queen will light the National Beacon.

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Tuesday 5 June

The Diamond Jubilee weekend culminated with a day of celebrations in central London, including a service at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace and finally a Balcony appearance, Flypast, and Feu de Joie.

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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant

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It was a quintessentially British occasion, with weather to match.

The sky over the Thames was a steely, unbroken grey. The vast crowd certainly needed their umbrellas.

The Queen and other members of the royal family have taken part in a flotilla of more than 1,000 boats that made its way along the Thames in the Diamond Jubilee river pageant.

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Some 1.2 million people gathered in central London to watch the pageant and cheer on the royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, in the centrepiece of celebrations marking 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign.

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Bells rang out to mark the start of the pageant, and among those in the flotilla were narrow boats, tugs, Dunkirk little ships, pleasure cruisers and steam boats.

Bridges and embankments were filled with spectators, all desperate to catch a glimpse of the myriad of vessels passing by.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were joined on their vessel by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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The royal barge, decorated with 10,000 flowers from the royal estates, began its journey from Cadogan Pier in west London.

The 86-year-old monarch wore a silver and white dress and matching coat – an outfit that has been a year in the planning and was designed by the royal dresser Angela Kelly.
Its colour scheme was chosen to stand out against the red, gold and purple hues of the royal barge.

After travelling for around seven miles through the capital, the royal barge moored just past Tower Bridge, as heavy showers began to fall.

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The Queen then braved the rain without an umbrella and stood under an ornate canopy to watch the spectacle of the flotilla, that had been travelling behind her.

The boats passed under all 13 central London river crossings from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge in what was thought to be the largest live public event ever held in London.

The pageant was brought to a close with an orchestra playing Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia and the national anthem.

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Mooooo

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Her Majesty The Queen – To My Dearest Grandma

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The Queen is Head of State of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth realms. The elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, she was born in 1926 and became Queen at the age of 25, and has reigned through more than five decades of enormous social change and development. The Queen is married to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and has four children and eight grandchildren.

My family is very united and the strongest person to make this happen was my dearest Grandmother, whom was very family orientated, happy and shared her love with everyone.

She loved many things but even being a Brazilian and never come to the UK, she liked The Queen and all about the Royal family very much. Maybe because they are in one way or another all about traditions, family, union, faith and love, like her.

My Grandmother died yesterday, my heart is in pieces… But I’m sure she is in peace and singing with the angels.

This post is for you Grandma. Love you forever, my Queen!!!

Mooooo

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Her Majesty The Queen – To My Dearest Grandma

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The Queen is Head of State of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth realms. The elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, she was born in 1926 and became Queen at the age of 25, and has reigned through more than five decades of enormous social change and development. The Queen is married to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and has four children and eight grandchildren.

My family is very united and the strongest person to make this happen was my dearest Grandmother, whom was very family orientated, happy and shared her love with everyone.

She loved many things but even being a Brazilian and never come to the UK, she liked The Queen and all about the Royal family very much. Maybe because they are in one way or another all about traditions, family, union, faith and love, like her.

My Grandmother died yesterday, my heart is in pieces… But I’m sure she is in peace and singing with the angels.

This post is for you Grandma. Love you forever, my Queen!!!

Mooooo

xxx

Superheroines Breast Cancer Awareness PSA’s

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The threat of cancer is very real these days, and it seems like almost everyone either knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer, or has even been affected themselves. Every year thousands of women lose their battle against the breast cancer beast. This ad campaign, by Maisa Chaves for DDB Mozambique, was created to raise awareness of regular breast cancer exams among women at risk.
Four different Superheroines from DC and Marvel comics were chosen for the ads: Wonder Woman, She-Hulk, Catwoman and Storm. Each character is a total babe; but they’re not too cool for school, and we learn from this PSA that even Superheroines take self-examinations for breast cancer seriously. Each poster reads:

“Nobody’s immune to breast cancer. When we talk about breast cancer there are no women or super women. Everybody has to do self-examination monthly. Fight with us against the enemy and, when in doubt, talk to your doctor.”

Check out the rest of the Superheroines below, and if you haven’t done a breast exam in a while, then let this be a reminder and get to it.

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Mooooo

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We Are Equals to lead the call for a fairer world.

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International Women’s Day is a global celebration of female strength and achievement which also provides the perfect moment to rally for equal rights across the world.

And, if you’re in any doubt as to whether we still need such an occasion, it might be worth contemplating a few choice facts.

We live on a planet in which women perform 66 per cent of the World’s work and produce 50 per cent of its food but earn ten per cent of overall income and own one per cent of property.

Women hold only 19 per cent of the World’s parliamentary seats and just 16 of the World’s 188 directly-elected leaders are female.

Violence against women causes more deaths and disabilities among the global female population aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, road traffic accidents and war.

So let’s take today, March 8, International Women’s Day, to celebrate us, daughters, mothers, grandmothers, girlfriends…

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When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

Let’s fight against discrimination and violence, help and support campaigns to promote and protect the equal rights of women.

For more information, campaigns and charities go to:
International Women’s Day website
Women’s rights are human rights
Defending Women-Defending Rights
ActionAid’s work on women’s rights
End Violence against Women
Womankind Worldwide
Women for Women International
CARE
Wikipedia List of women’s organisations

As well you can look around your community to help and promote local organisations and charities.

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International Women’s Day around the world:

The day is an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macedonia (for women only), Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.

In some countries, such as Cameroon, Croatia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria the day is not a public holiday, but is widely observed nonetheless. On this day it is customary for men to give the women in their lives – mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters, colleagues, etc. – flowers and small gifts. In some countries (such as Bulgaria and Romania) it is also observed as an equivalent of Mother’s Day, where children also give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

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The 1932 Soviet poster dedicated to the 8th of March holiday. The text reads: “8th of March is the day of rebellion of the working women against kitchen slavery” and “Down with the oppression and narrow-mindedness of household work!”. Originally in the USSR the holiday had a clear political character, emphasizing the role of the Soviet state in the liberation of women from their second-class-citizen status.

However, with time the meaning of the holiday evolved to an apolitical celebration of women. Most late Soviet 8th of March postcards carried no political meaning.
In Armenia, after the collapse of the Soviet Union celebrations of IWD were abandoned. Instead, April 7 was introduced as state holiday of ‘Beauty and Motherhood’. The new holiday immediately became popular among Armenians, as it commemorates one of the main holidays of the Armenian Church, the Annunciation. However, people still kept celebrating IWD on March 8 as well. Public discussion held on the topic of two ‘Women’s Days’ in Armenia resulted in the recognition of the so called ‘Women’s Month’ which is the period between March 8 and April 7.

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In Italy, to celebrate the day, men give yellow mimosas to women. Yellow mimosas and chocolate are also one of the most common March 8 presents in Russia and Albania.

In many countries, such as in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia, the custom of giving women flowers still prevails. Women also sometimes get gifts from their employers. Schoolchildren often bring gifts for their teachers, too.

In countries like Portugal groups of women usually celebrate on the night of 8 March in “women-only” dinners and parties.

In Pakistan working women in formal and informal sectors celebrate International Women’s Day every year to commemorate their ongoing struggle for due rights, despite facing many cultural and religious restrictions. Some women working for change in society use IWM to help the movement for women’s rights. In Poland, for instance, every IWD includes large feminist demonstrations in major cities.

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Mooooo
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