Mar(k): Travel, Hiking, and "Doing Good"

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International Women’s Day

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Mar celebrates International Women's DayAs I’m sure you’re all aware, International Women’s Day was recently celebrated! We were fortunate enough to be invited to Rona’s celebration at a nearby village. We have posted a few photos of the event to give you an impression of the day.Shea Butter sellers

Rona and the others did a great job! The peasant women had prepared displays of the projects they are undertaking (ie: shea butter soap, delicious crunchy peanut rings, batik and dressmaking items, popcorn, and more!)

We were in an open field and the rural atmosphere was clearly demonstrated, as a herd of goats merrily grazed their way through the VIP section, in the midst of speeches. Of particular note was the entry of the chief of the village, and his elders. An hour late, and halfway through the formalities, they were welcomed by drummers and a “herald”, with much fanfare.

Dancer at International women's day eventOur favorite male dancer was resplendent in his pink hued smock, jeans, and white cowboy boots (which said jeans were beautifully tucked into) – see photo of his mate, who is not nearly so resplendent….

It’s not clear to me (or other women who attended) why it was that the MEN were dancing at the women’s day. Apparently afterwards, some of the women organizers complained about this, and hosted their own, impromptu dance. Well done, ladies!

We enjoyed ourselves in the VIP section, although we didn’t arrive early enough to score a seat under the canopy, and had to leave before refreshments were served. Poor timing on our part!


Written by Mar(k)

October 25, 2009 at 8:06 pm

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  1. Great photos. Very interesting that men were dancing and not the women???? I liked the sound of the projects that the women were undertaking – crunchy peanut rings – sounds delicious! Were these projects funded by micro finance loans? I have heard about how successful these micro finance loans are in some developing countries and how it is often women who take them up… Hope you time the refreshments better next time… who knows there could be diet coke in the offing!!


    October 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    • hey Karena. Indeed – it obviously made sense from the women’s perspective that they should be the primary “celebrators” ie: dancers! We don’t think these particular initiatives were micro-financed based, but there are certainly a fair few micro credit schemes around… some of our colleagues are working on these very items! Regrettably, no chance of a DC at any future refreshment opportunities. but never mind! the peanut rings make up for the lack of diet coke!!!

      Mar Knox

      October 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm

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