Bolivia and Peruvian Chapters Commemorate International Women’s Day

In the United States, March is Women’s History Month which had its origins as a national celebration in 1981. The presidential designation celebrates the contributions of women to the United States and significant achievements in many fields including economics, politics, medicine, and science.  A more globally known recognition of women and their contributions and rights is International Women’s Day celebrated since 1911, on March 8th as a focal point in the women’s rights movement. In many countries it is a public holiday and the United Nations observes it in connection with a particular theme or campaign.

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society Bolivia, La Paz Chapter held a virtual presentation on March 8th commemorating International Women’s Day. Speakers included Silveria Bacilia Cutipa Pari, whose work led to Municipal Air Quality standards, Rocio Milagros Collantes Gonzalez, Legal Consultant in climate change and human rights, Yris Ynes Alvarez Ramirez, JRCLS member with a background in education and law, and Agb. Sonia Mercedes Bellot Zegarra, President of the Bolivian National Association of Labor Law and Social Security “Isaac Sandoval Rodriguez”.

On the same day, chapter members in Lima, Peru participated in festivities commemorating International Women’s Day organized by the Municipality of Lima. JRCLS members had a booth where they provided a free legal consultation to any women in need. Often, the difficulty of receiving sound advice is a barrier to change for women in troubled domestic or employment situations. The service of our JRCLS Lima, Peru members was greatly appreciated.