Women celebrate in Majuro

An exercise dance was one of many features at the International Women’s Day celebration in Majuro March 8. Photo: Eve Burns.

EVE BURNS

The Marshall Islands joined countries around the world in celebrating International Women’s Day, honoring the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

The day serves as a call to action for gender equality and also highlights the accomplishments of women.

The theme for this year was ‘women for prosperity and harmony.’

The day started with a walkathon from RRE to the new Jenrok Sports Field. Coop and Marshall Islands High school along with women from different workforces showed up at the walkathon.

The event was graced with three speakers: Ambassador Neijon Edwards, Special Envoy Climate Change/Mejedrik Club President Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and Miss Marshall Islands Claret Chong Gum.

The opening prayer was delivered by Sai Turaga. Rosalia Mottelang led the national anthem and Lerooj Takbar Ishiguro delivered the welcoming remarks.

Miss Marshalls Claret gave recognition to all to traditional leaders, government officials, diplomatic corps and all the girls and women that gathered to celebrate.

“I share the journey of the pageant as an example to us all that women together brings strength,” said Claret in her remark.

Ambassador Neijon said the world didn’t recognized women. Women were treated by men like just one of their possessions, like cars and furniture.

“My challenge for us is let’s begin to respect one another, because if we respect each other then our nation and our women will be happier, peaceful, hopeful and powerful,” she added.

Kathy in her remarks gave a run down of the impacts of climate change. “We’re talking about serious impact that will force us to elevate parts of our islands, extend our islands into the lagoon, and most likely will require relocating community members,” she said.

Culture and Internal affairs Secretary Brenda Alik thanked everyone who joined in the celebration.

Kijle led the women in an exercise dance. The women then finished the day with fun game that included musical chair, basket weaving and husking coconuts.

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