Monday, 2 March 2009

Feminist Events: International (Working) Women's Day - March 8th

International Women's Day (or IWD, or IWWD when you put the "working" in) has been on the feminist calendar since the first one was held in 1911. It's a public holiday in Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria.

Here's a listing of events in our country, Aotearoa New Zealand, to celebrate on or around March 8th:

Wednesday 4 March
Help make placards
-from 5.00pm, Waikato Trade
Union Centre Hall, Ground floor, 34 Harwood St - organised by Trade Unions Waikato. For the events in Hamilton on Friday the 6th.

Friday March 6th
Pay Equity Faxathon - all day long, anywhere with a fax machine - initiated by The Hand Mirrovistas - Facebook event listing

Leaflet guests at the International Women’s Day Symposium - 8.30 am at the Hamilton City Council, Reception Lounge (Muster at the fountain) - organised by Trade Unions Waikato.

Picket, peaceful demonstration and appeal to Minister of Women’s Affairs Pansy Wong - 12 noon at the International Women’s Day, Symposium, Hamilton City Council Reception Lounge 1 - organised by Trade Unions Waikato.

Sunday March 8th
Women on the Summit - 9.45am - 12noon, Tahaki Reserve, Mt Eden Rd, Auckland - organised by Auckland Regional Migrant Services - more info here

International Womyn's Day film-screening - 6pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn - organised by Auckland anarcha-feminists - a bit more info here

More to come as I find them. Feel free to add any you are aware of in comments, or by email.

Most recent update Sun 8th March, 11am.


Brett Dale said...

International working Woman's day has been celebrated in the states for years, there is even a song about it.

Anna said...

Thanks for that, Brett - you've reminded me of the movie 'Norma Rae'. Although she's not a real person, she was apparently based on a composite of different female unionists in the southern states of the US.

stargazer said...

i know hamilton city is putting on a day-long event on 6 march but don't know if it's open to the public...

we'll have rosslyn noonan, chief human rights commissioner, and hon pansy wong speaking, amongst others.

Brett Dale said...


Sam said...

I thought you’d also like to know that Amnesty UK is focusing on violence against women for International Women’s Day. We’re asking people to change their Facebook status, Myspace headline and tweet to raise awareness of the fact that each year, around 1 in 10 women in Britain experience rape or other violence.

It might be a bit too UK focused, but I hope you can check out

Kelsie said...

This Sunday, 8th of March is International Womyn's Day. Auckland Anarcha-feminists are putting on a film screening to fundraise for the upcoming national anarcha-feminist hui. There'll be games and cupcakes after!

When: 7pm, Sunday 8th March
Where: Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn

$5 or koha

Everyone welcome!

For the poster.