A number of events are scheduled in Rome in the days around International Women's Day on 8 March. The traditional gift to women on the day in Italy is a sprig of the bright yellow mimosa flower.
6 March. The American International Club of Rome hosts a conference on “Women and Gender struggles: the case of the Republic of South Africa” featuring South Africa's minister of Basic Education, Hon. Angelina Matsie Motshekga, and the country's ambassador to Italy Ms Thenjiwe Mtintso. Motshekga is the national president of the African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League, and has been minister of Basic Education since 2009. The event takes place at the Hotel Aleph Boscolo from 19.00-21.00, and reservations are required by 5 March. For more details see www.aicrome.org.
7 March. Minister Motshekga is a guest of the American University of Rome's department of international relations, where she will present a talk on "South Africa: Education and Women’s Empowerment". 18.40-20.00. For further info, tel. 0658330919, American University of Rome, Via P. Roselli 4, www.aur.edu.
8 March. Motshekga participates in the International Women’s Day conference entitled “Empowering young rural women. Inspiring futures” at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), from 09.30-11.30, Via Paolo di Dono 44, www.ifad.org.
8 March. Women for Women International (WfWI) holds its third annual "Join me on the Bridge" campaign in Rome. The global bridge-building initiative unites women and men together on bridges around the world in support of women's equality. Meeting at Ponte Mazzini at 16.30-17.00, the group will walk to Ponte Sisto. For further info contact Vicki Ericks, Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org, or Nicole Franchini, Franchini.email@example.com. www.womenforwomen.org.
8 March. After the bridge campaign there is a screening of "Pray the Devil, to Hell" by Nobel Peace Prize winners, Liberian Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee, at the American University of Rome, at 18.00. The film will be introduced with a video address from the WfWI director of global programmes Kate Nustedt. All donations will go towards helping women in war torn countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Congo (DRC), Rwanda, South Sudan, Kosovo and Bosnia.
10 March. In the year of its 20th anniversary, Rome's Professional Women's Association is organising a trip to Tivoli to celebrate International Women's Day, at 10.00. A guided tour in English/Italian of Villa d’Este and its famed garden and fountains is followed by lunch at “Il Ciocco” restaurant, a visit to the Temple of the Sybil and a tour of Villa Gregoriana. Reservations must be made before 7 March. For further details see www.pwarome.org.
18, 25 March. The Dominican Sisters of Villa Rosa on the Aventine hill offer a retreat programme aimed at English-speaking women aged 18-35 and living in Rome. The day-long retreats, which take place in the peaceful surroundings of the villa's gardens, include guided reflections, a time for reading and a time for quiet, and lunch is included. There is no cost but a small donation is requested. 08.00-18.00. For more information contact Sister Collette on tel. 065717091, Villa Rosa, Via Terme Deciane 5.