International Women’s Day 2012

7 Mar

Events on Wednesday 7 March 2012

White Ribbon BBQ (Unimelb)

UMSU Welfare, Education, and Women’s Departments will be hosting a free bbq, where people will be taking the White Ribbon Pledge in the name of reducing violence against women. Come along and get involved!

WHEN: Wednesday March 7, from 12pm onwards

WHERE: South Lawn, University of Melbourne

Melbourne Free University Discussion

The Melbourne Free Universityis excited to announce a special event for International Women’s Day. We have invited a panel of women from different cultural and professional backgrounds to discuss what they see as one big challenge facing women, and one big solution. More details will be announced very soon.

WHEN: Wednesday March 7, 6.30-8.30pm.

WHERE: The Alderman, 134 Lygon St, East Brunswick

Events on Thursday 8 March 2012

Peaceful rally: Women’s Rights Have No Borders

Join us in this peaceful rally to celebrate women, represent women’s struggles, and recognise the need for human rights of women all over the world, regardless of their age, culture or background. All are welcome, so bring yourselves, your friends, your partners, your children, your colleagues and your groups!


11am: Meet in front of State Library (cnr Swanston and LaTrobe St)

11.30am: March down Swanston Street

12.30: End Point – Federation Square

Amanda Palmer (Live Performance + Q&A)

The UMSU Queer Dept. is proud, and excited, to announce what will undoubtedly be one of our biggest events of the year/decade/history of the department. Amanda Palmer – queer icon, international rockstar and frontwoman of The Dresden Dolls – is returning to Melbourne University to give a free full-length solo performance on the one year anniversary of her previous visit. Her performance is open to all students (plus non-students who might want to attend), and will not be ticketed, so we’d encourage you to arrive early in order to guarantee good seats. Check out the event on Facebook. WHEN: Thursday March 8, 11:25-2:00pm. WHERE: Union Theatre, Union House, University of Melbourne.

Free Film Screening: Miss Representation

The UMSU Wom*n’s Dept will be holding a special screening of Miss Representation – a film which exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. All welcome! Click here for more information.

WHEN: Thursday March 8, 4:30pm-6:30pm

WHERE: Members Lounge, Union House, University of Melbourne.

3CR Street Festival

Celebrate IWD music, food, radio, and great women. Turn up or tune in. Organised by 3CR. In 2012 They’ll also be celebrating with 24 hours of women’s only radio and live outside broadcast. Tune in on Thursday 8 March for diverse and radical women’s voices on the airwaves – current affairs, science, music, poetry, books, human rights, music, laughter and much more will be part of the feast of women’s talents and voices on 3CR 855AM,, and 3CR Digital. Check out the Facebook event here.

WHEN: Thursday March 8, 6-9pm.

WHERE: Cnr 21 Smith & Little Victoria St, Fitzroy.

Connect & Inspire! (RMIT)

RMIT is having an event for all RMIT students. The proposed RMIT IWD will aim to discuss or raise awareness on issues surrounding violence towards women. This is why both men and women are invited to this event. In addition, the speakers were chosen to inspire and empower young women at RMIT University as well as instil in the minds of the young men that violence towards women (no matter how subtle) is not “ok”. Every RMIT student is invited (girls and boys). Special Guest: Hannah Gadsby (Fun and Games with Hannah, A comedy show). Click here for the facebook event page.

WHEN: Thursday March 8, 6pm – 8pm

WHERE: Pearson & Murphy’s,124 La Trobe St, Melbourne, vi 3000


Cherchez La Femme celebrates International Women’s Day

Cherchez la Femme returns for 2012 with a one-off extravag-anza to celebrate International Women’s Day in true femmo style. We’ll save the serious panel business for next time because I’ve lined up my all-time dream-team of singers, dancers, actors, musicians, poets, comics, thinkers and performers to hit the Grace Darling bandroom, show us their love of the ladies and tell us why being a feminist matters to them. I can scarcely contain myself as I announce the line-up here:

KATE BOSTON SMITH (Cabaret Star, Kitty Bang, Show Off)

EMILIE ZOEY BAKER (Slam Champion, Endless Lover, Crack-Up)

ANDREW MARLTON (First Dog on the Moon, Poet, Oracle)

HELEN RAZER (Writer, Raconteur, Sexy Mama)

CLEM BASTOW (Femmo, Neo-Stoner, Cosplaya)

SEAN M WHELAN (The Boss – of Poetry, Dream Guy)

ALICIA SOMETIMES (Broadcaster, Poet, Hottie)

CHRISTINA ARNOLD (Lead Signer of The Perfections, Bangin’ Broad)

BEN POBJIE (Poet, Writer, Comic, Spy)

EMILY JARRETT (Singer with Go-Go Sapien, Robobabe)

BEN McKENZIE (Professional Nerd-Wonder, Comic, Fox)

JANE DUST (Singer, Love Child of Burt Bacharach & Emmy-Lou Harris)

CLEMENTINE FORD (Boner-Killer, Abortion-Enthusiast, Got Swag)

JESSICA ALICE (Poet, Broadcaster, Honey)

SHAKIRA HUSSEIN (Academic, Thinker, Fighter)

SERI VIDA (Singer, Musician, Rad Lady)

and DJ sets from LISA GREENAWAY (of DJ Lapkat fame, Beatmaster)

I will host the hell outta this thing. I will also be working hard to facilitate a Band-Aid-style closing number that will send a secret encoded message to Germaine Greer, so concentrated will be its femmo power.

Appropriately named after a feminist hero, The Grace Darling will be our charming venue for the evening at 114 Smith St, Collingwood. We’ll kick off at 7pm and let the lady love continue throughout the night with breaks for cuddling and kissing. The kitchen will be open for you to purchase delicious foods and the drinks will flow for anyone who wants ’em.

Tickets are $15 on the door with proceeds going to womens’ refuges here in Melbourne.

It will be a magical night of laughter, a few tears and some serious gynocentric power.

(from organizer Karen)

WHEN: Thu Mar 08 2012 at 07:00 pm

WHERE : The Grace Darling Hotel, 114 Smith Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

Events on Saturday 10 March 2012

Rally: Women Unite for Global Justice

This International Women’s Day we unite for: An end to violence against women; recognition of Aboriginal sovereignty; full reproductive rights for all women; full rights for refugees and asylum seekers; equal pay for women. Organised by the Occupy Melbourne Feminist Collective. For more info email IWD OM.


12 noon: Meet at State Library, cnr Swanston & Latrobe Sts, City.

12.30pm: March to City Square (Swanston St & Collins St).

From 1pm: Speakers, workshops, discussion and artistic performances at City Square. 5pm: Open women’s jam session; bring your instruments!


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