International Women’s Day will be marked across the Inner West this Tuesday with events that seek to honour the contribution of Aboriginal matriarchs, as well as hosting an ‘In Conversation’ event with two prominent voices for families, women and children.
Marrickville Library will host a conversation between journalist, advocate and keynote speaker Georgie Dent and Wendy McCarthy, whose memoir of her experiences as a campaigner and advocate for women’s issues for over 50 years was published this month.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Break the Bias’, with organisers asking people across the globe to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against biases, and take action against inequality.
Events to “celebrate the strong Aboriginal women who have built, led and empowered” the Inner West community will take place, with workshops and storytelling from local Aboriginal women to help mark the occasion.
From March 4 to March 20, projections and audio will adorn the Marrickville Town Hall, with projections to “honour the values, perspectives and knowledge held by our Aboriginal matriarchs”. The footage is understood to capture the voices of local Aboriginal women and share stories from the past and the present, with the lighting of the Town Hall to take place as part of Inner West Fest 2022.
International Women’s Day workshops will be held in the Inner West from March until September, with sessions to include yarn bombing lessons, financial literacy programs and Healing Through Culture workshops, which hopes to help attendees “learn about and connect with Aboriginal people and culture”.