On Wednesday March 8 we’ll celebrate International Women’s Day 2017.
This year marks the 108th observance of International Women‘s Day and the United Nations has chosen “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” as its organisational theme. While the 2017 IWD campaign theme is calling for individuals to be #BeBoldforChange in order to strive for an equal and gender inclusive working world.
To read more about IWD, follow https://www.
In the US, the Women’s March movement plans to promote A Day without A Woman. The Women’s March Global plans to celebrate a week of action from March 6-11, by supporting various events and activities around the world.
In honour of this important day which promotes gender equality, several events will take place across New Zealand. Read on to see about events in your area and be sure to join the Facebook Group and order a t-shirt.
International Women‘s Day Events
Here are some events we’ve organised and some we know about that you might like to support:
Dunedin will be hosting a lunchtime opportunity for public speaking. In support of the IWD theme of “Be Bold for Change,” 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. Time slots for speeches, rants, readings, songs, or any other verbal performance will be approximately 5 minutes.
Speakers already confirmed include Carol Moulin, Bell Murphy, Tahu MacKenzie, a representative from Te Whare Pounamu, Tania Williams, Lucy Gray (representing the PSA), a representative from Rape Crisis Dunedin, Aroha Ngatai, and Mandy Mayhem-Bullock.
If you’re not interested in getting on the soapbox, feel free to simply join us for a picnic lunch and listen to local women give voice to their concerns, their passions, and their thoughts. Bring a friend and/or meet new friends. Everyone is welcome. For more information on this event, contact Tracey Crampton-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindy Hall at email@example.com.
Where: Otago Museum Reserve
When: Wednesday 8 March
Time: 11am – 2pm
Ōtautahi Christchurch Women‘s March
Following the awesome turn out for the Ōtautahi Christchurch Women‘s March, we are keen to keep the kōrero going and talk ACTION! What does the theme for this year (#BeBoldForChange) mean to us in Aotearoa NZ? What actions can we take to get there? Let’s start with kōrero and planning!
Where: Women‘s Centre, Unit 3, 242 Ferry Road, Ōtautahi, Christchurch
When: Wednesday 8 March
Time: 7.30 – 9pm
RSVP: Please note, this is a small venue so numbers are limited. Please book a place through Eventbrite or see the event on Facebook.
Wellington Women‘s March
If you’re at one of three Women’s March events in Wellington you’ll be treated to the Voices in Wellington choir singing #ican’tkeepquiet. The choir and two organisers, Kim and Ashley, will attend the International Women’s Day breakfast at the Beehive on Wednesday March 8. We’ll show the choir’s performance live on our Facebook page live at about 7.20am (and you’ll be able to look back later). For a sneak peek at what they’re performing check out the choir in rehearsal.
There is also an International Women’s Day peace walk and performance in Wellington starting from the Beehive at 11.30am, walking to Civic Square where there will be guest speakers including the Mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester.
The premiere of “Take From My Palms” – a girl’s perspective on peace, created by Voice Arts and Wellington East Girls College will be performed at Te Marae, Te Papa at 5pm.
There are several events in Auckland on the UN Women‘s page – not least a celebration of International Women’s Day with music, performances, speakers and stalls, between 12.15pm and 1.30pm at Te Hā o Hine Place in the city centre.
Plus, Shakti is inviting you to join them at their International Women’s Day event. Please get in touch with your local Shakti branch for more information on International Women’s Day events happening in your area via the contact form on their website: www.shakti.org.nz or contact them on 0800 SHAKTI.
Where: Mt Albert War Memorial Hall
When: Friday 10 March
Not in a main centre?
The United Nations National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand will be hosting IWD around the country. Please visit their website to learn more about events taking place near you: https://unwomen.org.nz/
Want to do your own thing?
Why not set up a HUDDLE? We’re keen to encourage and support continued action in alignment with the international movement for peace, justice, and an equal society. In keeping with the 10 Steps in 100 Days actions developed by the Women’s March in the United States, we have pulled together resources to help you set up your own huddle, so that you can begin to take action. Access the guide.
So go out and gather your friends, family, neighbours, and/or co-workers for a huddle! And don’t forget to take photos of your huddle and let us know what kind of ideas and actions your group plans to take. You can post your huddle photos and feedback to: https://www.facebook.com/
Good luck and have fun!
Thanks for your offers of help!
To those who completed the recent Women’s March Aotearoa New Zealand survey, thank you for taking the time to provide important feedback and offering volunteer assistance. For those who wish to participate in a volunteer capacity, we have noted your contact details and the amazing skills that you can contribute to this evolving movement. We will be in contact with you as we need assistance. And are you in Auckland? Keen to do more? We need a few volunteers who want to do more in Auckland. If that’s you please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nau mai haere mai!
He waka eke noa – we’re all in this together.