Mondial – the month of international diversity – officially began earlier last week, and I am very excited to be writing several blog posts about events that will be taking place during this month.
The first of the series is – Global Café.
We began planning for Mondial – Month of International Diversity – in January, more than three months ago. During the course of many meetings, we finally decided on which events to organize, who was going to facilitate/organize them, and when/where they were going to take place. Between different events, we decided to organize a series of Global Cafés, which are structured conversation processes. These “cafés” are intended to facilitate open and intimate discussions, and link ideas within a larger group. Since our first Global Café was set to take place on March 8th, fellow international student Raoul and I decided to talk specifically about International Women’s Day.
During the weekend, a few days before the Global Café took place, Raoul and I met to bake cookies, and more importantly, prepare for our event. We learned that International Women’s Day is a day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. This day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action. Its focus, however, ranges in different regions of the world. In some places, the day has lost its political flavour and has become an occasion for people to express their respect, appreciation, and love towards women in a way somewhat similar to Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In many regions, this day continues to be a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements and is used as a time to remind us about a the discrimination that women face worldwide. Regardless of its focus, this day has been occurring for over a century – and is growing annually.
This event turned out to be a great success – the presentation went well, quite a few people attended, and the cookies were delicious. I am very happy that I decided to talk about a day that I have known about and have celebrated since I was a little kid, and that I got to learn more about its history and share it with my peers. I look forward to organizing, attending, and writing about more events that are taking place during Mondial.
Photo credits: Barbara Fernandes