For decades women have had to fight for change, and with the battle against global warming well and truly on, women can again play a key role in helping to create positive change.
Organisers of the Whole Woman Festival (being held from March 2-11 at various locations in the Northern Rivers) are urging women to get involved in the Dare to be Green Campaign next Thursday, March 8, as part of International Womens Day celebrations.
As part of the campaign, women are asked to turn off power for one hour at 10am next Thursday, and to stop for a moment and discuss with colleagues, friends or family ways to make the planet a cleaner and healthier place in the future.
The overarching ethos of this festival is communicating a culture of care, andthis year the focus is on global warming, said Whole Woman Festival co-director, Chelle Wallace. We want people to hop off the rollercoaster for just an hour, come together and share from the heart about the stuff that really matters.
It may be as simple as sponsoring a tree with Rainforest Rescue or it might be changing to accredited Green Power. And of course it could be more than one thing, but we wanted to keep it simple, so people didnt feel overwhelmed. If we all did one simple thing the difference we make together is huge.
To register for the Dare to be Green Campaign and receive a free info pack email Chelle on firstname.lastname@example.org or simply turn off your power at the designated time. For more information on the Whole Woman Festival see this weeks Scene.
What to do on IWD Thursday, March 8
IWD will be marked in Lismore with a march, speakers, entertainment and information stalls on the corner of Magellan and Carrington streets from 10am.
All women are invited to attend the event, and bring colourful banners and placards for the rally around the CBD. There is also an IWD picnic at Heritage Park that day from 12pm. Women are invited to bring food and drink, a rug and musical instruments for a day of celebration.
A special highlight of IWD this year is a screening of Julie Drews inspiring documentary Renewing Womens Business, which will be held at the Star Court Theatre to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Lismore and District Womens Health Centre.
The documentary follows 74-year-old Lily Gin.gina, the last initiated female Elder of the Wardaman people in the Northern Territory. She is keeping the ancient traditions of her people alive by passing on her cultural knowledge and teaching young indigenous girls about womens law.
A beautiful compilation of Womens Centre history, A Visual Celebration of the First 20 Years, will also be screened to highlight the organisations many achievements over the last two decades.
The event starts at 6pm and tickets can be purchased at the Womens Health Centre (25 Uralba Street, Lismore), Caddies Coffee or at the door.
IWD celebrations will begin at 7am with a nature walk along the Richmond River. This will be followed by the What Women Want Expo, which will be held at the Ballina RSL Club from 10am-4pm, showcasing products and services for women of all ages.
A celebratory luncheon will also be held at the RSL Club at 12pm. For information or tickets phone Jane Laverty on 6686 1419.
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