Rome marks International Women’s Day

Rome's MAXXI and GNAM museums free for women on 8 March.

International Women's Day, or Festa della Donna, is marked in Rome and across Italy on Thursday 8 March. 
This year it coincides with a national general strike aligned with a global call for an end to discrimination against women in the workplace and greater penalties for male violence against women.
The intercultural Italian organisation A Sud precedes the main event with the seventh edition of Premio Donne, Pace e Ambiente, Wangari Maathai at the Casa Internazionale delle Donne on 6 March at 18.00.
Awards will be presented to four Italian activists in recognition of their struggle to defend peace, human rights, gender, environment and their campaign to stop violence against women. The award is dedicated to the late Wangari Muta Maathai, Kenya’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning political activist and one of the most influential women in Africa. The Casa Internazionale delle Donne is also holding the first edition of the women's publishing fair, Feminism, featuring debates and presentations from 8 until 11 March.
Once again Rome's MAXXI Museo delle arti del XXI secolo and the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna offers free entry to women throughout the Festa della Donna, from 11.00-19.00.
The city hosts Voci Impronte Femminili nella Città di Roma, a theatrical event featuring 18 voices of pioneering women who left their mark on Rome over the centuries, from Artemisia Gentileschi to Palma Bucarelli, at Villa Torlonia at 18.00 on 8 March.
The Auditorium Parco della Musica presents 50 anni e sono ancora Mia, a musical highlighting the role of women in society, at 21.00 on 8 March.
The traditional gift to women on Festa della Donna in Italy is mimosa, with Italian florists selling an estimated 12 million sprigs of the bright yellow flower on the day each year.