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International Women’s Day march a call to action in Newcastle

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“We’re marching for the rights of women and girls here and across the world,” says Lisa Ronneberg ahead of this weekend’s IWD event in Newcastle.

The International Women’s Day Organising Collective member is anticipating a big crowd to converge on Hamilton’s Gregson Park from 10am on Saturday 9 March.

Following a Welcome to Country by Aunty Tracy, participants will march towards Beaumont Street, before returning to Gregson Park where they’ll hear from several speakers.

The guests include:

  • Enya Mae Savory – a young disabled and queer woman, who is currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing. She is also a board member with the Community Disability Alliance Hunter
Enya Mae Savory
  • Safa – a local Palestinian woman who has spent the past few months speaking about the silencing of Palestinian women’s experiences, and the reality for Palestinian women and children on the ground in Gaza right now
  • Joanna Tavita – Joanna works unloading and loading cargo ships in Newcastle Port. She is a proud delegate and youth committee member of the Maritime Union of Australia Newcastle branch
Joanna Tavita
  • Kupakwashe Matangira – an award-winning human rights activist, social entrepreneur and intersectional feminist. Her work focuses on the nexus of youth empowerment, gender equality, justice reform and climate change
Kupakwashe Matangira
  • Kelly Hansen – CEO of Nova for Women and Children, a specialised homelessness and domestic violence service in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas

Hummingsong community choirs Meraki and Sundara will also join forces for a “live” performance to close the event.

“International Women’s Day has always been a call to action,” Ms Ronneberg said.

“IWD started with women battling for their rights as workers.

“And, 113 years later, we are still taking action around our right to live in a world without gender-based violence, sexism, misogyny, patriarchy, racism and discrimination.

“So, we’re inviting everyone to join us at this year’s IWD march.”

The event is organised by the Hunter Workers Women’s Committee and an assemblage of women from community organisations and domestic and family violence services.

Several of the groups involved will host information stalls, while the MUA Newcastle branch operates a BBQ and Zara’s House is on site with its coffee cart.

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