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Women's Day event celebrates womens health

By Lalita Smith

Cleveland State’s International Women’s Day celebration was held March 5 in the Student Center atrium—the event was hosted by the Center for International Services and Programs.

International Women’s day is an internationally recognized holiday that has been celebrated on March 8 every year—since as early as 1914, according to internationalwomensday.com.

Western countries like the United States didn’t recognize International Women’s day until 1977, when the United Nations invited state members of the union to declare March 8 as “the UN day for women’s rights and world peace.”

Since 1996, International Women’s Day has been marked by a particular and different theme every year—the official UN theme for this year was “Equality for Women is Progress for All,” according to the same website.

This year, the theme for Cleveland State’s International Women’s Day celebration was women’s health and over all well-being, according to event organizer Morgan Barnes, graduate assistant for international services.

“We have always done something to honor International Women’s Day. This year, we decided to do something a little less formal than other events we’ve had in the past,” said Barnes.

The event is a way to give people a taste of other people's culture and at the same time celebrate the many different cultures we have on campus, said Barnes.

In keeping with the theme of women’s health and well-being, several such oriented vendors and groups were in attendance—including Les Amis salon, who gave free on site gel manicures.

“I think the free manicures were a great idea, I know I really enjoyed mine,” said senior, Lauren Carter.

There was also a henna tattoo station, free “female friendly” goody bags and a raffle drawing.

The event had the feel of a fair—with tables set up with pictures and literature from several groups, including Mary Kay cosmetics, the Mareyjoyce Green Women’s Center and the Cleveland State Police Department.

The number of people in attendance was indeed small—but conversation and a good time seemed to be had by all.

“I’m a woman and I thought it sounded like a fun thing to go to, and it was,” said law student, Marina Fayez.

Barnes has high hopes for future celebrations, her goals include getting student organizations involved and bringing more awareness to the event.

“[In the future] I want this to become a stand by event, something that everyone looks forward to every year,” said Barnes.