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Dunedin resisters International Women's Day 2017

Dunedin International Women’s Day March 2017

Dunedin Soapbox

On 8 March 2017, Dunedin marked International Women’s Day at the sunny Otago Museum Reserve with a soapbox and open microphone, in support of the theme “Be Bold for Change.” Organisers handed out apples to passersby and brochures from local support services such as Rape Crisis Dunedin, Shakti, and Women’s Refuge/Te Whare Pounamu, while many stepped up to the mic and spoke, ranted, recited, and otherwise gave voice.

Tania Williams delivered a beautiful and passionate call to action, and Mandy Hayhem-Bullock educated listeners about female pirates throughout history. Kyra Gillies shared her own poetry, and Rachel Shaw spoke about her thesis chronicling the experience of NZ lesbians in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Representatives from Te Whare Pounamu, Shakti, and Rape Crisis Dunedin spoke about their services, and Bell Murphy informed the group about her empowering self-defence courses.

At one point, the attendance reached over 100, and this audience included a large contingent of the Red Hat Ladies, as well as tourists, students, and workers out for lunch.

See our Facebook page for more photos of this special event.

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