From Harlem to the United Nations, March 8th women of the world celebrate International Women’s Day
In 1995, U.N. Women, attended the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, along with other women worldwide. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was established by a unanimous vote of 189 countries. This declaration served as a catalyst for change for the equality and empowerment of women. The New York Times covered the historical event 20 years ago March 26, 1995:
Delegates to the fourth international women’s conference in Beijing, to be held in September, met in Harlem yesterday for a program titled “Healing and Spiritual Renewal for the Harlems of the World.” As part of the ceremony to kick off the planning meeting, a dancer performed outside the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on 125th Street in Harlem.”
-New York Times (March 26, 1995)
Now in 2015, 20 years later, we are poised to celebrate the 20th Anniversary since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing was held. On March 8, 2015, International Women’s Day, the historical Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City will have the esteemed pleasure of hosting the Consultation Day for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW/ Beijing+20), where women will be in attendance from all over the world.
On Sunday, March 8, 2015, from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM, once again there will be a healing, blessing, and spiritual celebration of drumming and dance at the Harlem State Office Building, located at 125th Street and 7th Avenue corner of Adam Powell Clayton Powell. 20 years after Beijing, the women of the world will gather as part of the United Nations Women’s Beijing+20 campaign “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” #MakeItHappen is the 2015 theme for internationalwomensday.com global hub, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women.
Empowering the world by bringing the healing, blessings, and spiritual renewal of the Harlems of the world; Together. Let us help stop the desecration of Mother Earth, beginning with the healing of the wombs of mothers all over the world.”
-Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely (New Future Foundation, Inc.)
The U.N. Women and New Future Foundation, Inc. hosted a forum to usher in CSW59/ Beijing+20. A forum held Friday, Feb. 6 at Harlem Family Church Center, 147 W. 120th St., laid out their past and future efforts to establish an all-girls school in Ghana, Africa, with the Queen Mothers of Africa.
The CSW59/ Beijing+20 conference will be in New York City from March 8th thru 20th at the United Nations Headquarters, and over 600 events will be happening throughout the entire city.