8 March: International Women’s Day

Each year on 8 March, people across the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women for International Women’s Day.

Designated as an annual commemoration in 1975 by the United Nations, International Women’s Day sees thousands of events held throughout the world.

International Women’s Day provides an opportunity for us to highlight female Holocaust and genocide survivors who work tirelessly to share their experiences.  Their testimonies provide a stark warning to us of what can happen when acts of discrimination are left unchecked and inspire us all to work towards a future free from the dangers of hatred.

Explore the stories of some remarkable women on our website:

Susan Pollack MBE lost more than 50 relatives during the Holocaust. Today she regularly travels across the UK to share her story.

Hope Azeda lost family members in the Genocide in Rwanda, and today she uses the arts to help others explore the legacy of genocide.

Var Ashe Houston has written a book about her traumatic experiences during the Genocide in Cambodia. You can read her story here.

Read the remarkable story of Hawa and her friends Fatima and Nadia, three friends from Darfur who fled the genocide and came to the UK.

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Renee Bornstein

Renee Bornstein

Renee Bornstein survived the Holocaust by hiding in barns, farms and convents. Marianne Cohn, a resistance worker, was murdered by the Gestapo for trying to help Renee and other children escape.

Sophari Ashley

Sophari Ashley

Sophari Ashley lost family members during the Genocide in Cambodia and was forced to leave her home in Phnom Penh aged ten. Whilst the psychological and physical effects of genocide have stayed with her, she now leads a more secure life in the UK.

Beatha Uwazaninka

Beatha Uwazaninka

In this testimony, survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda Beatha Uwazaninka talks about life before 1994, and how she survived 100 terrifying days of Genocide. She explains how she sees Rwanda today, and what she thinks about forgiving the people who killed her family.