March 08, 2007

Women's Night in Bogotá

Today we celebrate International Women's Day. The Mayor of Bogotá in Colombia, Antanas Mockus, introduced a new tradition in 2001 called Women's Night. It was celebrated the night before March 8th and men were asked to stay home with the kids and contemplate over themselves and their women, and the work they do. The women in turn went out to parks and enjoyed themselves with their grandmothers while policeofficers made sure no man disturbed them.

Result: There was not a single murder on the streets of Bogotá, which normally witnesses 15 murders a night. *

Also Watch the fabulous feature documentary about Women and AIDS. A Must See!

*From the article "Aborto Libre" by Magnus Linton, 2005

Al Jazeera TV, is one of the supporting media groups for the IWD.

16 comments:

Destitute Rebel said...

Great Post SS, I was myself working on a post for International women's day. Your posts are always insightful with amazing stories, you have a way with writing.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Thanks D Reb, I went to your blog but haven't seen it there, instead you tempt us with pictures of steak and meat, is that your ode to women? loll

Well I am fascinated by life, by people, by the world and stories like this I try get my hands on whenever I can. Isn't it a great concept? He was basically telling the men, look, machismo in all honor, but look what happens when y'all go out. Apparently there is a problem with the way men interact socially over there. Very smart idea.

Destitute Rebel said...

I know I was slow in posting about IWD but had a busy morning in the office, check now and you will see a post and hear a song.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Oh I see, well I better check it out then!

nzm said...

So. women of Bogotá - keep your men at home and that'll serve the crime problem! LOL.

Better yet, place a curfew on all men so that they have to be home by 10pm!

Happy IWD to all the women out there, and to the men who are using the day to celebrate the women in their lives.

Diligent Candy said...

Happy International Women's Day to one of the most intelligent women I know!

A world of Symphony said...

Here's wishing you a Happy International Women's Day and to all the Women that inspire and bring out the best in Men :)

Imaan On Ice said...

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//Imaan

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

NZM, lollz too right!

The thing is, facts spoke for themselves which is the fab part of the Mayor's experiment, which is now a popular tradition. Pedagogy on a high level I would say.

Candy Girl, you are as sweet and yummy as your name! Thank you :) *hugs*

Thank you Louis :)

Salam Imaan, javisst, lol jag gillar din beskrivning av den heta gratis mailen lollll

goodie girl said...

Sha Sha - Fantastic post . . . and most perfect with Ms. Simone's music.

Oh and the "ode to women" in the form of kebab pictures is genius!

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Hey G Girl :) Nina Simone just takes it to another level doesn't she :)

lol well one never knows with D Reb so I figured he is trying to tell us something. "Say it with meat" lol

Mohamed said...

Happy IWD! I did write up a post on it (one day late, I admit :) but I'm a little more critical about it...

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Well of course u are :) Good to have you here after long btw.

Lindsay said...

That is an interesting statistic from Bogata. International women should be celebrated on a daily basis, even if it is through blogging about issues facing women. Bringing attention and catalyzing discussions are the only ways in which we will gain more respect and create more harmony.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Welcome Lindsay! :)

I agree, it is important to keep issues of justice in general alive everyday. Aids Days, Womens Days are great to gather people around a cause but are in themselves a symptom of an existing worldwide disease that make it necessery for us to have such days in order to get peoples attention directed to the cause at hand.

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