March: an important month for women

Journée de la femme

March is an important time for women of all ages. This is the month which features International Women's Day. And on the first Sunday in March, France celebrates Grandmother’s Day. In other words, these two days provide an opportunity to think about all of the women in our lives as well as those around the world. Why is this such an important day? It’s because we all know that there is still a great deal of inequality between men and women. Does it seem right to you that men are paid more than their female colleagues? Moreover, women continue to be in a minority in politics and in management posts. Finally, in many countries women are victims of violence and discrimination. It is therefore no accident that the theme selected for this year is ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.’ Having the same rights and the same opportunities is fundamental! "Mamie", "mémé", or "mamounette" in France, "nonna" in Italy, "granny" in Britain , "Oma" in Germany: we have no shortage of words for our grandmothers. In France, there are around 9 million grandmothers, which is why there is a need for a day dedicated solely to them. For example, every year an event called Mamif is held, with the slogan I love ma grand-mère (I love my grandmother). France has been celebrating Grandmother’s Day for 30 years. Do you know who started it? It was actually a famous brand of coffee. But that doesn’t mean that this is a purely commercial celebration! Within the family, a grandmother is something of a confidant and the person who makes us delicious treats. Now it’s over to you to treat her a little bit – present her with a bouquet of flowers, a scarf or a nice card. Or write a poem for her – she will be delighted. There are a multitude of ways in which you can show your grandmother you love her!

French classes for women and men at the Centre International d'Antibes

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