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March 1st as Women of Color Day, 29 years old

The International Association for Women of Color Day (est. 1999) continues the promotion of March 1st -- "Women of Color Day", begun in 1985 by the National Institute for Women of Color (now inactive). IAWOCD's CEO, a member of the founding board, has worked with many individuals and organizations to expand Women of Color Day to an international focus which continues to honor women of color and recognizes supporters/others working for justice, equality, reparations and a sustainable world ending the racism plus sexism which only women of color/indigenous women have endured. 
The International Association for Women of Color Day is dedicated to recognizing the achievements and contributions of women of color--those subjected to both racism and sexism and to individuals and organizations supporting women of color, opposing all discrimination, advocating civil and human rights, and serving as a source of education on relevant issues. IAWOCD works alone and in collaboration with others, bringing attention and emphasis to aspects of social issues in which the circumstances of women of color are marginalized and ignored.
Recent issues receiving attention include:
  • Documenting the lifelong consequences of perpetual subjection to both racism and sexism
  • Rates of violence to women of color which are denied, unreported or underreported
  • Extraordinary rates of home losses and mortgage foreclosures
  • Highest death rates from curable diseases
  • Rapidly increasing rates of incarceration and HIV/Aids
  • Unresolved and common problems of racism + sexism, including sexual harassment, in educational institutions (K-12 to colleges and universities) for students and employees.)
  • Documenting injustices and inequalities that have been ignored, trivialized and denied for decades.
  • Victimization by retaliation of complainants from those on whom they should be able to rely for protection and justice.
  • Demonstrating harms: career destruction, financial ruin and continued protection of those who harass and discriminated.
  • The International Association for Women of Color Day calls on those who have had such experiences, who know someone who has, or who want to end all injustices, to help this effort.



Note: All information relating to these special women, including images, are from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The contents and images are considered to be in the "Public Domain", however see the original Wikipedia listing for any copyright issues as well as more detailed information regarding each woman's profile and biography.


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