Argentina today marks International Women’s Day with various events and ceremonies. One of the more striking of these in Buenos Aires is an enormous photograph of young sleeping woman, 88 metres wide by 34 metres high, on the front of the old Mercado del Plata building on the Avenida 9 de Julio.
International Women’s Day has been observed on 8th March since the early 1900s, when it was closely related to the Socialist movement. The day has now lost its political element and, according to some interviewed today in the capital, now has a distinctly commercial edge. Shops selling flowers and other feminine luxuries reported that the majority of their customers this morning were male.
Scheduled events in Puerto Madero included a rendition of the Argentine national anthem by the Mater Amábilis choir. A guided tour around the area began at 11am and told the stories of the women who gave their names to the streets in the zone.
Tomorrow at 2pm, congresswomen Gabriela Alegre and Diana Maffia will spearhead a women’s rights act in the San Martin Chamber of the City Council. The government of Santa Fe has organised discussions, seminars and presentations of work protocol all relating specifically to women.
The Santa Cruz local government is organising an exhibition to highlight the work of entrepreneurial women, which will include a fashion show displaying garments made of local materials.