Next Wednesday is International Women’s Day, did you know? If you’d like to know more about the origins of the day, I wrote a back-story post a couple of years ago, which is definitely worth a re-visit. Or even my round-up of awesome feministy things that happened in the 12 months before the last IWD.
But after those catch-ups, it’s time to move forward another 12 months, to 8th of March 2017.
Image from Status of Women Canada
What have we seen? Well, we didn’t see our first woman US president. We did see, however, some disgusting behaviours towards women from the person who did become president, which women across the world found pretty darn frightening. We’ve also seen Russia decriminalise domestic violence, and Poland attempt to instil a blanket abortion ban. Locally in NZ, we’ve seen the gap in the average per-hour wage between genders widen from 12.9% to 13.2% at the end of 2016. We’ve seen college student athletes in the US receive light taps on the wrists for proven sexual assault, while their victims are shamed and blamed. Investigations into Australia’s university campus assaults are showing up concerning statistics too, which can only leave us wondering about the state of things in lil ol’ NZ.
Yup, the world’s a freakin’ mess right now. But what can we do about it??
Celebrate International Women’s Day! There’s lots of little happenings going on around the country, with speakers at each, there to inspire and encourage you to work towards a better, brighter future for women, men and children. Remember, feminism is about equality. Not about women rising above others, but about rising to the same level. It’s about being seen, heard, respected and valued.
So, what’s happening next Wednesday??
Artwork from Women’s March Global
Empowering Women and Girls of the Pacific – by The Zonta Club of Auckland
“Join our celebration of International Women’s Day with music, performances, speakers and stalls, between 12:15 pm and 1:30pm at Te Hā o Hine Place in the CBD.”
2017 IWD Breakfast – by Trilogy International Limited
“Join UN Women Auckland NC ANZ and the National Council of Women Auckland to celebrate International Women’s Day at Trilogy International Limited [CBD]. Breakfast provided, followed by speeches by Angela Buglass and Samantha Hayes on the international theme of: ‘Women in the Changing World of Work’.”
Zonta, Graduate Women and Soroptimists International
“Breakfast on the Shore. Zonta, Graduate Women and Soroptimists International combine for the seventh year to bring you this celebration and fundraiser. Funds raised will go towards a UNWomenNZ project. 7am -8.30am, Milford Cruising Club.”
More details about all of the Auckland events here.
Breakfast in the Parliament Buildings
“The Hon Paula Bennett, Minister for Women invites you to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, with a breakfast in the Parliament Buildings, Wellington, Wednesday 8 March 2017 at 7am – 9am.”
“Together we can change the conversation for the 2017 election and beyond. Victoria University of Wellington Keburn Campus, 12:30 – 1:30pm.”
AccorHotels together with HeforShe
“The night will feature the inspiring movie, Hidden Figures. Based on the true story about a team of African-American women mathematicians who helped launch NASA’s first space mission. All proceeds will go to the UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand. At Light House Cinema, 5:30 drink & snacks, 6:30 movie starts.”
More details about all of the Wellington events here.
Women’s March Kōrero: #BeBoldForChange
“Following the awesome turn out for the Ōtautahi Christchurch Women’s March, we are keen to keep the kōrero going and talk ACTION! Women’s Centre 7:30pm – 9pm” More details here.
2017 IWD Breakfast – by UN Women Aotearoa
“Join us for a delicious breakfast to celebrate International Women’s Day. Guest Speaker – Dr. Kate Dewes, O.N.Z.M. Peace Education Advocate and pioneer of the World Court Project. Rydges Hotel, 7am – 8:30am.” More details here.
Women’s March Soapbox: #BeBoldForChange
“A soapbox and open microphone will be available at the Otago Museum Reserve from 11am to 2pm for women and their supporters to step up and speak about issues that are important to them.” More details here.
#BeBoldForChange – by International Women’s Day
“For International Women’s Day 2017, we’re asking you to #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world – a more inclusive, gender equal world.” More details here.
A Day Without A Woman – By Women’s March Global
“On International Women’s Day, March 8th, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.
Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:
- Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labour.
- Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
- Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman.”
Artwork from Women’s March Global
And with all that inspiration under our caps, let’s end on a high, with a round-up of all the wonderful things that happened in the feminist/equality space in the last 12 months…
The global, history-making Women’s March movement.
The highly acclaimed Hidden Figures film.
Moonlight winning best film at the 2017 Academy Awards
Michelle Obama’s response to Grab-Her-By-The-Pussy
Alicia Keys goes bare-faced, indefinitely.
Lady Gaga’s moving performance at the 2016 Oscar’s, accompanied by 50 fellow sexual assault survivors.
So break out that red outfit next Wednesday, go hear some inspiring women speak, and stand strong with your sisters!