Why dedicate a day exclusively to the celebration of the world’s women?
The United Nations General Assembly, which is composed of delegates from all the member countries, mentioned two reasons: firstly, to recognize the fact that peace and social progress require the active participation and equality of women; secondly, to acknowledge the contribution of women to international peace and security.
For the women of the world, the Day’s symbolism has a wider meaning: It is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development.
I wanted to share with you this nice piece of traditional Norwegian wrapping paper that came with Peg, who you met a couple days ago on the blog here. What I like about this is the absence of the roly-poly bearded Santa guy who would be featured on American paper; instead we have red-capped elves delivering presents and some kind of cool-looking yak pulling the sleigh.
(Aside: the red cap or Phrygian cap, is a symbol of liberty dating back to the ancient Greeks, who would give them to freed slaves. When the Nazis invaded Norway, they banned traditional red-cap imagery and illustrators instead turned to alternately colored caps.)
The other cool thing about the paper is the green-coated fellow who’s shoveling snow. Hunched over his shovel, having cleared a 50-meter path all the way from the front door to the road, he pauses for a break only to encounter some sugar-intoxicated goateed elf careening down the lane, cackling madly and tossing wrapped packages hither and thither. His expression says it all: “Jul be back next year, I don’t doubt it.”