Friday, March 8, 2013

The City of Thessaloniki celebrates Women’s Day with an impressive artistic event: ΣΣΣ… Shoes will use old shoes donated by the women of the city to create an original presentation at the new City Hall. The city’s Tellogleion Foundation marks the day with an exhibition featuring portraits of 60 female Members of this Parliament, created by local amateur artist Marianthi Grigoriadou. The exhibition opens today and will be on display until March 20.

In Athens, Doctors Without Borders have organised a series of events to raise awareness about maternal mortality in poorer countries due to lack of  adequate obstetric care, necessary for all women around the world.

Conferences and theatre events under the heading Women don’t ask for our help, they are dying for it will take place at Syntagma and Monastiraki squares. They sure have our support!
  • Women’s Rights : Marika Botsi, the First Woman Mayor 
    Although women in Greece did not get the right to vote in national elections until 1952, they were granted the right to vote in local elections in 1934. This first timid participation (only about 12.000 voted), eventually led to the first woman holding office in modern Greek history: Marika Botsi.

    Born in 1904, she received a degree in Pharmaceutics from the Athens University, founded the first Women Scientists’ Organization, and returned to her native Amaliada, where she opened a pharmacy. Following the liberation of Amaliada from Nazi occupation, in 1944, Marika Botsi was appointed mayor, thus becoming the first female mayor in Greece.