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Editor’s Notes

In praise of women on this

International Women’s Day




Ending Violence Against Women: Action for Real Results is Canada's theme for International Women's Day (IWD), Thursday, March 8, 2007. Ending violence against women has its place at the top of the humanitarian agenda. —  457 words.


Ending Violence Against Women: Action for Real Results
is Theme of 2007 International Women’s Day, March 8


Ending Violence Against Women: Action for Real Results is Canada's theme for International Women's Day (IWD) 2007. This theme reflects Canada's approach to addressing gender-based violence. This year, Canadians will celebrate International Women's Week (IWW) from Sunday, March 4, to Saturday, March 10, with the highlight being International Women's Day on March 8. — 1,534 words,

Cosmetics dazzle as men shop to impress
on International Women’s Day holiday


For many millions of Russians, this time of year can be a minefield of potential disappointment, stress and shopping. If the imported Valentine's Day was just a warm-up, then Thursday, International Women's Day, an official holiday in Russia, is the main event, sending men across the country scrambling for floral and other presents in a frenzy of unoriginality. — 1,030.

Rise of women in DC has yet
to play out at state level

While U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has marked a milestone for women in national politics, women are still waiting their turn in the statehouses. Less than a quarter of state lawmakers across America are female, and the share has changed little in about a decade. Despite a slight gain in the overall percentage this year - to 23.5 percent, or 1,734 of 7,382 seats - many legislatures see the numbers slipping. — 1,150 words.

Russia: First Female Cosmonaut Turns 70
Now ready to fly to Mars and never return


On June 16, 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova — who turns 70 today — became the first woman to enter space. On the Vostok 6, she orbited the Earth 48 times and spent almost three days in space. While some questions have been raised about the mission, Tereshkova's star has never dimmed. — 552 words,

Iranian women struggle for equality
as police beat peaceful demonstrators


A few days before International Women's Day, 33 women were arrested in Tehran for peacefully protesting outside a court building. Eight of them were subsequently released.
Those detained include many of the big names of Iran's women's movement, who are calling for an end to discriminatory laws against women. It is not hard to find women who have been caused great suffering by the law as it stands. — 844 words.

But never, ever lie to your mother
because your mom knows everything


Asking the question, Who can you lie to anymore? Linton Weeks, Staff Writer at the Washington Post tells us who can’t lie, who can lie, and to whom one can lie, including oneself, with the sensible admonishment to never lie to your mother. — 694 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Poem to girlfriend inspires Sweet Marie chocolate bar

The Sweet Marie chocolate bar was named for a London, Ontario woman who was the subject of a poem by her boyfriend.  Cy Warman penned the poem to Marie after walking her home one night in 1893.  The poem was later turned into a hit song and the chocolate bar followed soon after.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at:   www.triviaguys.com
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