International Women’s Day
2009 ACT calendar of events
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.
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
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 email@example.com
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-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Online registration form www.abcon.biz/unifem09.htm
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
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 www.ppseawa.org.au
Talks, forums, lectures and workshops
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Contact 0423 823 892 0410 517 005, email email@example.com
Supporting, celebrating and encouraging the full participation and
contribution of all women and girls in every aspect of the community.