International Women’s Day was officially honoured for the first time in 1911. The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives. Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.
In Fes, two expat women, Vanessa Bonnin and Rebecca Eve, decided to use the opportunity to highlight the work of the IPDF (Initiatives for the Protection of Rights of Women) in Fes and raise money for the Centre in Batha. Founded in 1998, the IPDF is a female advocacy group, independent, and non-profit. Its strategic mission is the implementation of gender equality in law and in practice, via the universal rights of women. In this sense, IPDF is committed to fight against all violence against women and all forms of discrimination against them in accordance with international conventions and charters. In addition a percentage of the profits will go towards a contemporary exhibition also commemorating the 100th year of IWD, to be held later in the year. Culture Vultures is organizing this sustainable culture event. More news on this event to come.
At the Divas Dinner music is provided by DJ Shivvy from Barcelona with equipment loaned by the French Institute, wine has been donated by Volubilia, transport is being offered by Chrif Trans, and each Diva will get a goodie-bag of sweet treats from Secrets Sucres. The tombola also has an impressive list of prizes donated by local companies, restaurants and guesthouses.
Diva’s Dinner Details:
Majestic Restaurant, Sunday March 6th, 7.30pm – 1am
Dinner: Three-course buffet
Drinks: Volubilia wine, water and soft drinks included
Dancing: DJ Shivvy from Barcelona
Price: 250dh. Tickets available from Vanessa (06 75 00 67 88)