Woman dies in Wolverhampton, UK
This from GuardianWitness:
Kripa Joshi, an illustrator from Nepal, is celebrating International Women’s Day with five generations of women in her family.
She is also the creator of the character Miss Moti who emerged from Kripa’s struggle with weight and whose name means a big woman in Nepali. To mark today she’s highlighting some Miss Moti-vational messages.
Donald Trump tweets to mark IWD
IWD in Poland
Women across the globe: #BeBoldForChange
IWD in Spain
Seventeen women have been killed so far this year by their partners or ex-partners in Spain, writes my colleague Sam Jones in Madrid.
The figure means that more women have died as a result of gender-based violence in the first four months of 2017 than died over the course of last year, when the total stood at 11.
Statistics also show that this year has already overtaken 2008 (15 deaths) as the worst year on record for such violence.
The situation has prompted protests and led a group of women to go on a month-long hunger strike in the famous Puerta del Sol square in central Madrid. The strikers ended their protest on Tuesday but vowed to press on with their 25-point plan to tackle gender-based violence.
IWD in Germany
The German composer Fanny Mendelssohn is finally due to be recognised in Britain as a musician with the talent to match her brother, the more famous Felix, when a piano sonata long attributed to him is performed at lunchtime today. The British premiere of Fanny’s Easter Sonata which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 1pm – is as much a tribute to the German woman, who wrote it 140 years ago, as it is to the many women composers over the ages who have not received the recognition they deserve.
The manuscript of ‘Easter Sonata’ was first identified as being Fanny’s work in 2010, when an American academic, Angela Mace Christian, tracked it down to a private archive in France and had it analysed.
Fanny was only 23 when she wrote it. She had referred to the piece in her diary, including the fact she had played it at home in April 1829. But like most of the 500 works she wrote, it never came to public attention.Pianist Sofya Gulyak will resurrect the work at the Royal College of Music. Fanny’s great great great granddaughter, Shiela Hayman, tells her story in The Guardian today.
IWD in France
In France a “strike” called for by feminist organisations is due to start at 3h40 this afternoon. This is the symbolic time after which French women are considered to work for free when their wages are compared with male colleagues.
In Paris there will be a gathering at Place de la République at 2pm followed by a march to Place de l’opera at 5.30. There are protests in cities across France.
But a recent controversy suggests France still has a long way to go before achieving gender equality.
Green party MP Denis Baupin was last year investigated after claims of sexual aggression and harassment against four women. The women were, according to investigators, convincing witnesses, giving “measured declarations that did not change and were corroborated… about events some of which could be considered criminal”. One of the women is a French MP for the Green/Ecology party, one is the party secretary, one a local mayor and one a regional councillor. However, the case was dropped because it was out of time as the alleged harassment happened in the late 1990s.Now, Baupin, 54, has said he is going to sue the women for making “false accusations”.