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					International Women’s Day
2009 ACT calendar of events

Welcome                                                                                  2

The history of International Women’s Day                                                 3

International Women’s Day colours                                                        3

Talks, forums, lectures and workshops                                                    4

Movie and film screenings                                                                 9

Parties and celebrations                                                               10

Other events                                                                           11

Turtle Dreaming, Belinda McDowell

Wangarangs (Turtles) ride the rip tides in from ocean to land. The line of them represents
their journey and being joined together in the singing and dancing of their life story, still
linked to the land they left so long ago. The colours represent land, water, Dreaming and
spirit. The spirals of dots represent the curling of ocean waves and foam on the land and
rocks, and also the ever-present and undying undercurrent of life.
Belinda McDowell is a young Wiradjuri/Yorta Yorta woman from Cowra in the Central West
of New South Wales. Her totems are the Sand Goanna and the Magpie. Belinda won the
Inaugural Foundation for Youth Indigenous Art Award at the ACT Legislative Assembly in
2007, and is represented in the collection of the National Museum of Australia, the Canberra
Institute of Technology, and numerous private collections. She currently studies Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts at the Yurauna Centre, Canberra Institute of
Technology, and is a member of the ACT Indigenous Textile and Glass Artists Group.
Welcome to
International Women’s Day
celebration for 2009
International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on
March 8 each year.

The day is an opportunity for women to unite to celebrate our
achievements, and to highlight ongoing social, political and economic
issues for women.

This IWD Calendar of Events was produced by the Women’s Information
and Referral Centre and the ACT Office for Women.

The art work was provided by Aboriginal Arts and Textiles Group.

The 2009 International Women’s Day theme is “Celebrating Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Women” linking with the International Year of
Reconciliation. The past 12 months has been a momentous journey of
reconciliation in the ACT community and across Australia.

At the 2009 ACT International Women’s Day Awards it will be my
pleasure to recognise ACT women — and Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander women in particular — for their achievements and contributions
to our community

I would like to thank all the contributors, and wish all women a very
happy International Women’s Day.

Katy Gallagher MLA
Minister for Women

    The history of International Women’s Day

    The first International Women’s Day (IWD) was held on 19 March 1911, when
    more than a million European women and men rallied for the right of women to
    vote, work and hold public office. The inspiration came from a New York march
    against poor working conditions and child labour, held in 1908. In 1910, an
    international conference of socialist women voted to hold a yearly International
    Women’s Day.

    The date became fixed as 8 March in 1917, in commemoration of a strike
    by Russian women involved in the peace movement. Their action led to the
    abdication of the Czar, and the winning of the right for women to vote.

    Peace, human rights, and social, economic and political issues have
    therefore always been an important focus of International Women’s Day. The
    first International Women’s Day in Australia was held on 25 March 1928. The
    first recorded recognition of IWD in WA was on 13 March 1936 and included
    speeches by prominent men and women. From its inception, IWD has stood
    for equality between men and women.

    The United Nations officially recognised IWD in 1975 and declared that it be
    celebrated each year on 8 March.

    International Women’s Day colours
    The 1908 demonstration in New York was organised by the newly formed
    Women’s Social and Political Union. The marchers wore white, purple and
    green as their political colours. Symbolically, white represented purity, purple
    was for dignity and self-respect, and green stood for hope and new life.

What’s on in Canberra?

Talks, forums, lectures and workshops

Jessie Street National Women’s Library Talk: Life at Government House and beyond
Wendy Button, MVO, served five Governors-General from 1987 until 2008. She is
currently working as personal assistant to former Governor-General Major General
Michael Jeffery. Hear first hand Wendy’s story and insights into her years at
Government House. Tea, coffee and light refreshments are available.

Location     Reception Room, ACT Legislative Assembly0
Date         Thursday 26 February 2009           Time 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start
Cost         Small note donation
Bookings     Janet on 0448 348 559, email

Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) lunch and launch of Women’s Survey
Host: Nadine Flood, Deputy National Secretary
Dr Kristin van Barneveld, CPSU Director of Policy Research, will reveal results of the
CPSU Women’s Survey and discuss the importance of women and leadership. Non-
members welcome.

Location:    Ostratos Greek Taverna, 9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Date         Tuesday 3 March 2009                Time 12.15pm for 12.30–1.30pm
Cost         $15 members / $45 non-members
             includes banquet lunch and ‘Union women making history’ t-shirt
Bookings     Alison Rahill on 6220 9630, email

    Pamela Denoon Lecture: The accidental feminist — When lived experience collides
    with the myth of a post-feminist world
    Many of us born after the successes of the 1970s women’s liberation movement were
    raised to think of ourselves as ‘people not genders’. We grew up believing that being
    female would not affect our opportunities or choices.
    Emily Maguire is the author of The gospel according to Luke, Taming the beast, Princesses
    and porn stars: Sex, power and identity. Her articles and essays on sex, religion, culture
    and literature have been widely published including in The Sydney Morning Herald, The
    Griffith Review, The Observer and The Age. Refreshments will follow the lecture.
    Location     Theatre 1, Manning Clark Centre Australian National University
    Date         Wednesday 4 March 2009        Time 8.00–9.00pm
    Cost         Gold coin donation
    Contact      Gillian on 0404 190 975, email

    St Vincent De Paul Society — talk and supper
    Helen Moran, Indigenous co-chair of the National Sorry Day Committee will give a talk
    and presentation followed by supper.
    Location     Corinna Room, Southern Cross Club
    Date         Wednesday 4 March 2009       Time 7.00pm for 7.30pm start
    Cost         Gold coin donation
    Bookings     Liz Rothe on 6282 2722, email

    9th UNIFEM Canberra IWD lunch
    MC: Virginia Hausegger, Canberra ABC News presenter.
    Fozilitun Nessa — Acid attack victim and board member, Bangladeshi Acid Survivors’
    Foundation. In 2007, over 187 people suffered acid attacks, the majority of whom were
    women, often under the age of 18. Fozilitun is determined to bring these women out of
    the shadows and help give them hope for the future. All funds raised by the lunch will
    go towards this project.
    Location  National Convention Centre, Constitution Ave, Canberra
    Date      Thursday 5 March 2009            Time 12.30–2.00pm seating from 11.30am
    Cost      Early bird $60, full $65, student concessions available
              Tables of 10 and corporate table bookings available.
    Bookings Pre-purchased ticket required. Booking form available online
    Telephone 6288 3998                       Email
    Online    registration form

                                                                          FREE EVENT
Gendered Language Style
Women’s Information and Referral Centre and the Office for Women are hosting a
lunchtime information to explore the topic ‘How gendered is our language?’
Michele Quirk B.A. Dip Ed, M.Ed, A. Mus.A has made a study of the different ways
in which males and females use language. The characteristics of speech styles of
men and women in interactions are important because effective communication is
fundamental to social well-being and success in the workplace.
Bring your lunch, coffee and tea will be supplied.
Location     Women’s Information and Referral Centre,
             Ground Floor, 13 London Circuit Canberra
Date         Wednesday 4 March 2009            Time 12.30–1.30pm
Booking      Limited spaces
Contact      Women’s Information and Referral Centre on 6205 1075

Soroptimist International breakfast with speaker
Soroptimist International ACT is holding a breakfast to celebrate IWD. MLA Meredith
Hunter is the guest speaker and all proceeds from the breakfast will go to Toora
Women Inc.
Location     St James Church, 40 Gillies St, Curtin
Date         Friday 6 March 2009                Time 7.00–8.30am
Bookings     Essential                          Cost $15
Contact      Jane Shelling on 6215 9809 or 6282 1158

PPSEAWA luncheon with speaker
The Pan Pacific and South East Asian Women’s Association is hosting a luncheon with
guest speaker Julianne Cowely, Australian Board Member of the Ayui Foundation, a
non-denominational not-for-profit hostel in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The Ayui Foundation
runs a hostel for Akha hilltribe young people, providing educational opportunities as a
way to break the entrenched poverty. All proceeds will support the Baan Ayui Hostel.

Location     Southern Cross Yacht Club, Lotus Bay, Yarralumla
Date         Wednesday 11 March 2009             Time 12noon–2.00pm
Cost         $40 with all proceeds to the Ayui Foundation
Bookings     By March 4 — booking form available online
Contact      Coral Fleming on 6286 5435 or Noelle Leonard on 6239 5240,
Online       registration form available at

    Talks, forums, lectures and workshops

                                                                                FREE EVENT
    Public Trustee for the ACT seminar
    This seminar will focus on the importance of having an up-to-date will and Enduring
    Power of Attorney. All women attending will be eligible for a free will. The seminar will
    be held in sync with the Seniors Week seminar. Morning tea will be provided.

    Location     Aegean Room, Hellenic Club Phillip
    Date         Thursday 19 March                   Time 9.30am–12noon
    Contact      Andrew Taylor on 6207 9816, email

    Muslim Women’s Welfare Association ACT Women’s dinner
    The Muslim Women’s Welfare Association ACT is hosting a women’s dinner. All
    women are welcome and are encouraged to bring music from their country or culture.
    Please bring a non-alcoholic drink and plate to share. (No pork products please).

    Location     Canberra Islamic Centre, Clive Steel Drive, Monash
    Date         Sunday 21 March                     Time 7.30pm for 8.00pm
    Cost         Gold coin donation
    Bookings     Not required
    Contact      Zuraida Shelmerdine on 0424 288 722, email

Movie and film screenings

Heru Ini Lafu: Weaving Life movie screening and talk
The East Timor Women Australia is hosting the screening and talk by Fernanda
Borges, leading East Timorese politician and the only female party leader in the
National Parliament, who speaks about the critical role played by women in the
struggle for independence, as well in cultural regeneration and national development.
The talk is followed by a screening of the documentary film Heru Ini Lafu: Weaving
Life journeys into rural communities and highlights women’s contributions to the
independence struggle and celebrates their critical role in cultural regeneration and
national development.

Location     Reception room, ACT Legislative Assembly
Date         Tuesday 10 March 2009               Time 5.30pm for 6.00pm start
Cost         Small donation (optional)
Booking      Not required
Contact      Maryanne McKay on 0411 022 657, email

Indigenous Women’s Film Festival: Women of the sun
Canberra Museum and Gallery, in partnership with the ACT Office for Women, presents
Women of the Sun. A remarkable four-part drama series, made in 1981, tells the story
of four Aboriginal women. The series had a tremendous impact, bringing the story of
Aboriginal women — in their own language — to a national audience for the first time.

Location     Canberra Museum and Gallery
Date/time    Wednesday 11 March, 5.30–8.30pm
             Alinta: The Flame (Episode 1) + Maydina: The Shadow (Episode 2)
             Wednesday 18 March, 5.30–8.30pm
             Nerida Anderson (Episode 3) + Lo-Arna (Episode 4)
             Wednesday 25 March, 5.30–8.30pm
             Women of the Sun: 25 Years Later
Cost         Free, includes after-work refreshments
Booking      RSVP for catering purposes
Contact      Canberra Museum and Gallery Theatrette on 6207 3968

    Parties and celebrations

                                                                                FREE EVENT
    Centacare International Women’s Day Barbeque
    Centacare Canberra–Goulburn is hosting a barbeque for staff to celebrate the contribution
    of women to Centacare. For Centacare staff only and not open to the public.

    Location     Centacare Red Hill Office
    Date         Wednesday 4 March 2009              Time 12 noon onwards
    Contact      Neil Harrigan on 6295 4304, email

    Card Making Afternoon
    The Mental Health Foundation invites women to a card making afternoon to make
    cards which celebrate women. The cards will be sent to the women they were made
    for, with a positive mental health message.

    Location     The Rainbow, Canberra Technology Park, Phillip Avenue, Watson
    Date         Wednesday 4 March 2009              Time 2.00pm
    Booking      Booking required                    Cost    $5.00
    Contact      Mary Gays on: 6230 7629, email

                                                                                FREE EVENT
    Toora Women Picnic and BBQ
    Celebrate International Women’s Day with lots of fun activities and delicious barbecue
    food. All women and children welcome.

    Location     Glebe Park
    Date         Thursday 5 March 2009               Time 11.00am–3.30pm
    Booking      Not required
    Contact      Tess Rogel on 6122 7000, email

                                                                                FREE EVENT
    Women’s Services Network Lunch
    Celebrate International Women’s Day and reflect on the amazing work we all do each
    day. Food and drinks supplied.

    Location     Regatta Point
    Date         Tuesday 10 March 2009               Time 1.00–2.00pm
    Booking      RSVP for catering purposes.
    Email        Women’s Legal Centre coordinator,

Other events

Women’s Journeys Art Exhibition
ACT Indigenous Textile and Artists Group in collaboration with the ACT Office for
Women is hosting an art exhibition Women’s Journeys, incorporating the spiritual
as well as experiential.

Location     Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre
Date         Wednesday 4 March – Wednesday 31 March 2009
Time         All day, 9.00am–5.00pm
Opening      Wednesday 4 March at 6.00pm. All welcome.
Contact      RSVP the Office for Women on 6205 0515 for catering purposes.

Preloved designer and vintage women’s clothing sale — shopping with Zonta Club
Canberra Breakfast (ZCCB)
ZCCB is holding a clothing sale to raise funds for the New Horizons Education Awards.
The $1000 awards are designed to assist local women, who did not get a chance the first
time round to study, obtain a qualification and improve their life chances. In 2009 the
award will be offered to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island woman. Donations of quality,
clean, current and vintage women’s smart, casual and business clothing and accessories
(no shoes) welcome. EFTPOS, coffee and cake are available.
Location     ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre
             245 Lady Denman Drive, Yarramundi Reach
Date         Saturday 7 March 2009
Time         9.00am–12noon
Contact      0423 823 892 0410 517 005, email

Supporting, celebrating and encouraging the full participation and
contribution of all women and girls in every aspect of the community.


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