¡Feliz Día de la Mujer!

You certainly don't need to speak Spanish to feel the raised hairs on your neck as you watch this moving video, edited by Argentine blogger Malearg, which recounts the progress and achievements made by women across the globe.

Erwin of The Latin Americanist points out that this year has brought to the region a “growth of female employment, but also a lack of quality jobs for women, and the prevalence of racial and gender discrimination.” He also notes the rise of female heads of state throughout the Americas including Michelle Bachelet in Chile, Portia Simpson-Miller in Jamaica, and front-runner Lourdes Flores in Peru's upcoming elections.

Victor Ruiz, writing from Spain, used the occasion to look through various blog rankings and mention the most-linked-to weblogs (ES) written in Spanish by women. According to Alianzo, six of the top 100 blogs are written by women. When rating by feed traffic, two women bloggers fall into the top 40. In the top 100 weblogs of Atalaya 2005, ten are written by women. Ruiz concludes his post with a rallying call to all female bloggers that they change the disproportionate number of highly ranked blogs by men in the Spanish-speaking blogosphere.

A Flickr group, 8 de Marzo Día de la Mujer / 8th March Women's Day commemorates the day with creative images, mostly from around Latin America and Spain.

Chilean blogger, Roberto Arancibia, never short on charm nor prose, says:

Day of the Woman. Even though every day is theirs. When I caught on that they are in charge of everything, from then on I've been happy. Seriously. That's the order of the universe. No need to fight against the current. That's just how it goes.

Some time ago I wrote the same thing here and I continue to feel that way. Although, in reality, now I believe it even more. I continue to think it's useless to try and understand their secret languages, their moments of silence, their desire to talk. They are accomplices in solidarity with each other, but enemies when they feel threatened. Bodies and souls. Judgement and seduction. Minds and heart. Mysteries of the woman, mysteries of the world. 100 lives I have lived loving them yet still I do not understand. And so, a very happy day. To all. To each I owe something.

Maria Pastora – also from Santiago, Chile – shares her thoughts about the day and why there is not a male equivalent.

More than once, some guy has asked me why he doesn't have his own “International Day.” According to them, it's unjust that they are not celebrated. To commemorate a day for our feminine gender has its background which – more than historic – is “vindicative.” [“reinvindicatorio” in Spanish]. “To reclaim/restore something which is rightfully theirs” is the first definition by the Real Academia Española of the term “to vindicate. And defined so, with permission of the guys and without encouraging argument, it's a day that corresponds to us.

… since the beginning, men have been celebrated day after day in public as leaders and recognizable figures. Let us celebrate the International Day of Women, the silent work of women behind the scenes, where they receive no applause and from where today we are beginning to understand just how much they deserve this deed.

And finally, the ladies behind TecnoCHICA introduce (ES) a new project that originated in various online conversations over Gtalk. BlogsMujer.com is a Spanish-language directory and community of female bloggers much akin to BlogHer. Appropriately enough, the first post wishes a happy International Women's Day to all. The first BlogsMujer.com blogger of the week is Patricia Villanueva from Mexico City.


  • This a automatic translate

    Hello! thanks to show the world simple video is you that I did by diversion and that to think that to finish watching hundreds of people… Thanks to help me to perhaps foment “the little” cultural importance that occurs to the subject, and happen but to give flowers and single to salute. Thanks and until new videos. Bye;)

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  • Kim

    If any readers want to take action, the Women’s Edge Coalition has an email campaign “encouraging US lawmakers to be leaders in empowering women worldwide”. You can find a link to the site on us.oneworld.net. OneWorld US also has a really great magazine edition out this month called “Women in the Lead” that discusses women’s roles around the world. I encourage you to check it out!

  • “never short on charm nor prose”, wow, coming from you, dear David, this is a really big compliment! Thanks friend.

    And the translation… impecable!!

    Thanks again

  • I guess I have to start now a blog en Español, right?

  • Estimadas Amigas,

    ¡Feliz Día de la Mujer!

    El próximo 8 Marzo del año en curso, se conmemora el Día internacional de
    los Derechos de la Mujer y hemos querido, los estudiantes del Politécnico
    di Milano, desarrollar un encuentro que convoque a diversas mujeres de
    distintas culturas y que se desenvuelven en los más variados ámbitos del
    acontecer nacional, para que éstas, vengan a compartir con la comunidad
    estudiantil, su experiencia de vida en Italia.

    El evento ha sido denominado,

    “Mujeres del Mundo: La belleza está en la lucha”,

    Queriendo comunicar a través de esta frase que la verdadera belleza de una
    mujer no está en lo que viste, ni se limita al color de su piel, sino que
    radica en un factor aún más profundo, más sensible, nos referimos a su
    actitud frente a la vida, por que mujer significa el ayer, el ahora y el
    futuro de todo lo que somos, buscamos destacar la actitud con la que asume
    el mundo, en escenarios tan difíciles, como el hecho mismo de ser una
    mujer inmigrante en un país como Italia. Razón por la cual hemos invitado
    para el próximo día viernes 7 de Marzo a partir de las 10:45 hrs., en el
    Auditórium de la Casa dello Studente del Politécnico di Milano, a cinco
    mujeres, que día a día luchan en su rol de mujer, de ciudadana del mundo,
    bajo la firme convicción de que un mundo mejor es posible.

    Por todo esto, es que deseamos extenderle una invitación para que nos
    acompañe en este día, por que creemos que su presencia en esta actividad,
    contribuye a promover la integración social, cultural y humana de la mujer
    en Italia. Su presencia Señora, dará solemnidad al acontecimiento y
    sin duda será un honor para todos los estudiantes que han venido a Italia
    desde todos los rincones del mundo a compartir la propia cultura, tenerla
    a usted como ospite de nuestra Casa.

    Aquí puede descargar la invitación al evento:


    A la espera de vuestra confirmación,
    La saludo atentantamente,

    DG.Francisco Vasquez del Rio
    Folks | Servizio Comunicazione.
    CDS | Politecnico di Milano.
    Viale Romagna n 62 – Milano.
    e-mail: folks@folks.bz
    tel.: +39 02 239 52 602
    web: http://www.folks.bz

    Dr. Héctor Villanueva
    http://www.occam. org
    Piazza Duomo, 21 20100 – Milano
    Tel.: 026682644 . Fax: 026682648
    Cell. : 3383414438

  • Sorry, i dont speak spanish. Nice Postings on this site. Hope i see more of them.

    Thanks again.

  • Hola!

    Lamentablemente, no puedo por lo español, a pesar de la.Que tengas un buen lado! Pero, lamentablemente, la película enlace (this moving video) no más!

    Saludos Preciosa!

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