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We have often heard the sayings, “One person can make a difference,” or “you’ll never know if you will succeed if you don’t try.” Our reaction is usually to think about an idea, but not to follow up on it, and then to forget about it.
Beata Pozniak was surprised when she came to the United States in 1985 to discover that March 8 went unnoticed. As a child in Poland, she remembered the day when boys would present young girls with cards and flowers as symbols of respect. There would be stories in the media and discussions in the classrooms about women’s history.
Not satisfied with the lack of attention given to Women’s Day, she had an idea and was determined not to give up trying to get her idea to succeed. Her dedication and perseverance made a big difference.
In 1994, the United States Congress enacted the very forst bill, which recognized March 8 as International Women’s Day in the US. The introduction of the bill by Congresswoman Maxine Waters was the idea of actress Beata Pozniak. A Solidarity supporter who was born in Gdansk, six years removed from Poland, and readying herself to become a citizen of the United States.


In 1948, stimulated by the honors of World War II, former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, as the first United Nations’ Commission on Human Rights, led an international team to define and codify fundamental rights for all members of the human family. From their work emerged the Universal Declaration of human Rights. For the first time in world history, an internationally crafted code of ethics was created to promote and protect certain freedoms basic to life itself.
This Declaration calls on all people to act towards one another in a deep spirit of peace, regardless of race, color, or creed. These rights and responsibilities belong equally to every person on this planet.


Concerrent with the United Nations’ Commission on Human Rights Sub Commission’s session this August, people from all over the world will be gathering in Geneva, Switzerland to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this landmark document.
During the two week Fete d’Excellence, musicians, artists, and innovators from the worlds of business and science will be presenting multiple activities (i.e. concerts, exhibits, symposiums, etc.). Satellites and the internet will link the gathering around the globe creating a penetrating forum to review the past 50 years and focus on positive directions for the future within the context of creativity, responsibility, and accountability.
One of the participants in the Fete d’Excellence is the International Human Rights Awards and Film Festival (IHAAF) which will be launching a very special film festival in Geneva. IHAAF is sponsored by Women’s Day USA, which will be officially represented by Beata.
Awards will be given for the expression of Human Rights Issues and Cultural Awareness. Scheduled notable recipients include Martin Scorsese, Jim Sheridan, and Robert Wise of “Sound of Music,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” and “Westside Story” fame.
Beata will present the “Women’s Rights Award” to a woman in the film industry who best represents Human Rights Awareness through film.
IHAAF is making its debut in this year’s commemoration and its participation is scheduled to be an annual event. In 1999, they will form the Foundation for Artists Responsibilities, which will be made up of influential film personalities and politicians who will work on ways to best utilize the influence of the medium in order to make a better world.

Editor’s note: Beata will be interviewed on “Access Hollywood”, Sunday, August 9, on NBC (Channel 4) at 6:00PM.)
By Marty Ciepielik



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