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International Women's Day
1 (a pedar)
H A P P Y Women's Day !

To All Iranian Women and the rest of the world!

2 (a madar)

I would like to share with you something interesting about raising our daughters with pride about womenhood:

Iranians do have formal gatherings and speeches about Women's Day. but last week I attended an informal celebration which was a potluck party where we shared not only our foods, but also our thoughts and ideas and feelings, etc. (I found out about it from an open invitation on an Iranian women mailing list, zanan).

The host, a madar of 3 young women who are currently college students, said that she has been doing this for years and started it for her daughters. Besides her daughters, her mother and sisters were there, too. I truly enjoyed the "feminine mehmooni" where the atmosphere was not formal, but very relaxed. I met other women and after eating and chatting for a while, we made a big circle and talked about different things such as good books to read, publishing plans, art projects, elections, ... not too personal and not too generic, just right to share concerns and joys of us as women.

I think it would be great to have such mehmooni's to sincerely celebrate womanhood and help our daughters value their womanhood in connection with other women.

3 (a pedar)

What? And leave us guys by ourselves? Now that's not fair! :-)

When is Men's day?

4 (a madar)

Madar # 2,

This sounds great. I'm all for it.

5 (a madar)

Madar # 2,

Sounds like you had a great time. I truly missed a good party. There are so few gatherings these days where the agenda is serious and focussed on issues rather than food and drink. Food and drink I can have at home. Let's hope for more of these female gatherings.


Please send your replies and/or opinions regarding this subject to madar-pedar@surya.eecs.berkeley.edu.

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