There are quite a number of things that March 8 represents, which Walski could and should go into great detail. But, he can't (the "why" in the full post).
It's International Women's Day, most importantly. This year's theme is "Women and men united to end violence against women and girls" - which in itself is interesting, because it is a realization that it takes both sides of the gender boundary to realize this aim. And in a larger sense, violence against women is something that has an effect on both women and men.
Even in Malaysia, there are laws in place that favor male over female. Granted these laws are slowly being amended to be more equitable, but we have a long way to go still. But for Muslims, what success that has been achieved through the civil laws is being reversed as the aura of conservatism grows. The fight towards equitability continues, boys and girls.
It's also exactly one year that Malaysia spoke. And one year of BN showing us how deep in denial they are. The democratic voice expressed during the last General Election was something that has been causing turmoil within the ruling coalition. The ones deepest in denial? Who else, but UMNO. And one year on, the realization of why the people are starting to reject UMNO has still yet to sink in. Instead, attempts (and one success) at winning back the states they lost through the back door is the game of the day. Walski thinks that one day they will simply succumb from their terminal denial.
Also, it's Samy Velu's birthday. Umm... okay, 'nuff said.
(why the really short entry in the full post)
The reason why Walski can't really elaborate much on either is because once again, he's on the road. It's a working weekend, so to speak. And this time, it's on the trail of fine arts and the artists that produce them.
And it's not in Malaysia... Time is at a premium, and this is one of the rare free moments for Walski.
More later upon his return.