100th Anniversary Year of International Women's Day
May 19, 2011 | New York, NY

Reflections on International Women's Day from around the world:

"[International Women's Day] is an important day for us to acknowledge and recall the struggles and the efforts of women in independence, and freedom, and justice so it should be a very somber day, but it is also a forward-looking day where women still carve out their own nation-building. So, for us, it's a big celebration."

–Ambassador Sofia Borges of Timor-Leste
Permanent Representative to the UN


"Women were always, of course, active in participating in politics and also in reconstructing the county and [in] the political debate in modern Finland, but [it] wasn't until the year 2000 when we [elected] our first [female] president, Tarja Halonen [...] and now we have a record number [of women] in parliament."

–Ambassador Ritva Jolkkonen
Consul General of Finland


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Consul General Ritva Jolkkonen of Finland,
Ambassador Sofia Borges of Timor-Leste, and
Ambassador Alya Al-Thani of Qatar with
WFPG President Patricia Ellis

  Diplomats and guests listening to the welcome

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Host Geraldine Kunstadter speaking with Ambassador Borges
and Deputy Permanent Representative
Sanja Zografska-Krsteska of Macedonia

  Guests with Deputy Consul General
Daniele Ayotte of Canada

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Ambassador Borges and Patricia Ellis with
Consul General Laura Pizarro of Costa Rica

  Consul General Aghi Balta of Greece and
Consul General Koula Sophianou of Cyprus

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Consul General Jolkkonen speaks with guests

  Ambassador Al-Thani gives remarks