International Women's Day 2018 #PressforProgress

Consuls General To Atlanta Talk About Advancements In Their Countries

Maria Boynton
March 08, 2018 - 9:03 pm

(Photo Credit: Maria Boynton/Entercom Atlanta)

Around the world, women are being recognized today. It is International Women's Day.

Among the activities in Atlanta, various organizations for women in technology are meeting tonight at the Loudermilk Center downtown. A panel discussion by tech-savvy women is being held this evening at Colony Square in midtown. The Women's Chamber of Commerce is also presenting an entrepreneurship initiative aimed at female business owners. The group will also host a "state of the woman" roundtable.

Meanwhile, some Consuls General to Atlanta are spending the day highlighting what their respective countries are doing to better the lives of women and children. 

While talking up the beauty of her country, Astra Armbrister-Rolle, Consul General of Atlanta for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, says, "it's tourism, it's paradise and it's the blue waters", she acknowledges, "there are some very serious issues facing women all around the world." She says the Bahamas "has been working feverishly to improve the state of women and children in our country." Armbrister-Rolle has an office on Clairmont Road in Atlanta.

Cynthia Blandford, Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Liberia says with legislation signed recently by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, they are trying to offer girls an opportunity for hope. "It is so very important", says Blandford, because we know our young girls, many of them are marginalized, they don't go to school. They become, unfortunately, because of the poverty in our country, many of them become street girls, they're on the corners trying to take care of their families." Under President George Weah, Blandford, whose office is located in the Liberian Consulate inside Peachtree Center, says the country takes the issues of gender equality and violence against women very seriously, with the enactment of the new laws that provide protection for women and girls.

Canada's Consul General to Atlanta, Nadia Theodore, operates from an office building in midtown Atlanta. On this International Women's Day she says all across Canada "we are celebrating women, celebrating progress, celebrating men and boys that have pressed for progress for this very important cause." She points to the Status of Women Canada  department, which she says, "is solely devoted to advancing the cause of women in our country."

Across the United States events are being held including rallies, events, and performances highlighting the arts and various social awareness campaigns.

International Women's Day has been observed for more than one hundred years.