International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, held annually on March 8th. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. IWD provides an opportunity to showcase a commitment to women’s equality, launch new initiatives, raise awareness and highlight women’s achievements.
This year’s theme #PressforProgress stemmed from the strong call to action to press forward and progress gender parity following global activism through movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp and the alarming statistics that suggest if nothing changes we are a long way off from achieving this goal.
To celebrate IWD 2018, WHWBSW hosted a movie screening of ‘Battle of the Sexes’ at each end of the region.
The film showcases a pivotal event in history that shook gender inequality right to the core. It was a moment in time that inspired an entire generation to mobilise a cultural shift. With debates raging about equal pay and gender inequality, the movie—a dramatisation of the 1973 tennis match between women's tennis star Billie Jean King and tennis pro turned professional provocateur Bobby Riggs—appears poised to bolster the point that women are treated poorly.
But instead, the movie has an important message for how equality must be gained: by men and women working together towards outcomes that are better for everyone.
The Warrnambool event was a night showcasing local talented women, held at the Capitol Cinema. The night featured musician Gabby Steel playing in the foyer, food by Fishtales café, a performance by the Red Tent Singers choir and Guest Speaker Katie Burt from Pulse CPR.
The Geelong event featured guest speaker, Annie Nolan who spoke passionately about the inequality women face in the health care system and the importance of having an intersectional approach in feminism.
After both events, guests took home a goodie bag featuring different health promotion resources related to women’s health. All performers and businesses used throughout the events (catering, poster design, door prizes etc) were female led.