Marching in Bujumbura
Ceremonies to commemorate the International Women’s Day (IWD) took place in Bujumbura on 8 March and mobilized over 10,000 women, girls and men participated in a march throughout the Bujumbura streets.
The slogans chanted by the marchers were relating to the international theme, “Equal Rights, Equal opportunities, Progress for all”. They were also linked to the place of women in the politics as the elections approach in Burundi. The ceremonies were hosted by the Second Vice-President of the Republic.
The United Nations Information Centre in Bujumbura co-organized this commemoration with the Ministry of Human Rights and Gender, UNIFEM, the UN Integrated Office in Burundi- BINUB, UNFPA, international and national NGOs.
The UNIC managed to have the Beijing+15 logo and theme printed on all the communications products used in the whole country where the Day was celebrated. These products include T-shirts, banners, posters and folders.
The march ended in the Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium, where took place the rest of the ceremonies, and passed in front of the grand stand sheltering the national authorities and the international.
Public attending the IWD ceremony at the stadium
The official speeches on behalf of the Government were respectively made by the Mayor of Bujumbura city, the Minister of Human Rights and Gender and the Second Vice President of the Republic. Diverse cultural shows including traditional dances, poems and songs on the above themes were also displayed.
As the Chair of the ad hoc Communications committee set up for the promotion of the fifteen days campaign to promote the above Day, the UNIC National Information Officer organized and coordinated the production of the promotional materials and the campaign messages with the financial support of the UNICEF, BINUB, NGOs and bilateral cooperation organizations.
UNIC also assured the organization of the media coverage of the events. The event was attended by representatives of the Government, civil society, national and international NGOs and the Diplomatic corps.
A local folkloric dance troupe also performed at the event.