March 8th is International Women's Day, the annual celebration of the achievements of women throughout history. In the more than 100 countries where the holiday is observed the focus of the observance differs, influenced by local customs, achievements, and challenges. In general, the occasion is observed with respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements. This year’s theme asks: Will you #BeBoldForChange?
To recognize International Women’s Day the Berkeley Public Library North Branch is working with photographer Nancy Rubin for an exhibit spotlighting women from various countries that she has visited. Rubin says “I am always moved by the different lives that I am able to glimpse as I travel. I see such beauty and strength in the diversity of these women’s experiences. There are wide cultural, religious and economic factors that determine and create this visual spectrum.” In addition to the US, the photos in the exhibit will feature women from Ethiopia, Myanmar, Turkey, Morocco, India, Cuba and United Arab Emirates.
The photos will be on display at North Branch from March 1st to April 29th, 2017.