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It's almost International Women's Day, the day when we recognise and celebrate the achievements and the successes of women and we commit to the further struggle to achieve women's rights and gender parity.

 

There's a range of special offers for women this day and this week. Here are some that we have found.

 

And here's a small quiz.  See if you know, without looking them up! 

1. Everyone knows that the first man in Space was Yuri Gagarin. But who was the first woman in Space?

2. We know the first men to climb Everest: Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing. Who was the first woman to climb Everest?

3. Which country was the first to democratically elect a female head of government?

Answers at the bottom of the page.

 

Meals

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Mitsi's Delicacies

Women's Day High Tea with free cupcake for every lady dining.

Free Drinks for Ladies

 
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Honey Beach Club

Four themed cocktails freeflow for ladies 7pm to 9pm.

Drinks Deals and Ladies' Nights

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Cinnamon Grand

50% off cocktails at Breeze Bar, 50% off wines at London Grill and other offers

 

Other Specials for Ladies

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Oxford University

Online talk and Q&A about the role of women in conservation of lions and African carnivores.

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Harpo's Pizza

50% off all regular pizzas for ladies on 8th March

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Sweeties

Special Women's Day cupcakes, three flavours, for delivery

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Excel World

Ladies bowl for free, on 8th and 9th of March, at Excel World.

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Water's Edge

Special party pack for delivery (Note: 12 hours' notice required)

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Kayaking

50% discount for women for sunrise and sunset paddles on 8March

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Commons Coffee

Free latte for ladies with every purchase of over LKR1,000.

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Water's Edge Bakery

Special range of cupcakes, cookies and cakes on 7th & 8th March

Not so many listings as Valentine's, but hopefully you can find a nice treat to thank the women who inspire you, or who make your life better; and ladies, you can find a way to treat yourselves!

And the Quiz:

1. The first woman in Space was Valentina Tereshkova, a Soviet Cosmonaut who flew solo on the Vostok 6 in June 1963 at age 26 - she is still the youngest woman to have been in Space.

 

2. The first woman to climb Mount Everest was Japanese climber Junko Tabei who reached the summit on 16th May 1975. She went to become the first woman to climb the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent. 

3.  The first female elected Head of Government was of course Sirimavo R. D. Bandaranaike who was elected Prime Minister of Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was then still called, in July 1960.

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