Wyndham celebrates International Women’s Day

By Our Reporter

Wyndham residents are being invited to take part in a range of celebrations across the City for International Women’s Day

Events being held across Wyndham for International Women’s Day (IWD) which is celebrated on Friday, 8 March include a night of festivities at the Point Cook Pop-Up Park with music performances, the launch of a local women’s-led publication and the big beautiful Babushka inflatables.

There’s also a ‘Girl’s Night In’ at the Youth Resource Centre and a morning tea at the Arndell Park Community Centre; while at the Wyndham Culture Centre the art exhibition Bla(c)k Femmes and the upcoming theatre show Australian Booty also pay homage to the theme of IWD.

Wyndham City Mayor and Portfolio Holder for Family Friendly City, Cr Mia Shaw encouraged residents to get involved and celebrate with the array of activities and events on offer.

“Across the world, thousands of events are held for IWD to inspire and celebrate the achievements of women, so I’m incredibly proud that as a local, a woman and Wyndham Mayor; there’s so much on offer in our own backyard,” Cr Shaw said.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) is ‘Balance for Better’ which represents a call to action for driving gender balance across the world.

“By holding the types of events like we are in Wyndham, we can change perceptions in the community and move our culture towards one that is more equal,” Cr Shaw said.

“I’m excited by the line of up of activities at the Point Cook Pop Up Park, with local and global music performances by Ella Hooper, Dallas Frasca, Aggie & the Blue Velvet Band alongside hands-on workshops, the launch of a local women’s-led publication—The Windmill Journal and much more.”

A free event for young girls in Wyndham, aged 12 to 18 years—Girl’s Night In is being held at our Youth Resource Centre in Hoppers Crossing with loads of fun activities including a photo booth, music, food and drink, and more.

The celebration of women in performance and art continues at the Wyndham Culture Centre, so I would encourage our residents to visit the current exhibition Black Femmes Black Vision or get along the theatre to see the performance Booty.

“Our local libraries are also getting in on the occasion, compiling book lists for children and adults celebrating women and girls,” Cr Shaw said.

  • 12 February to 24 March: Bla(c)k Femmes Bla(c)k Visions Exhibition, Wyndham Art Gallery. Cost: Free
  • 7 March: Bla(c)k Femmes Bla(c)k Visions Exhibition, Artist in Conversation, Wyndham Art Gallery, 177 Watton St Werribee. Cost: Free
  • 8 March: Point Cook Pop Up Park, 4-7pm—IWD Music Series, Babushaka Inflatables and launch of the Windmill Journal. Cost: Free
    IWD Morning Tea, 10:30am, Arndell Park Community Centre, Truganina. Cost: Free
    Girls Night In, Friday 8th March 6-9pm. Youth Resource Centre, 86 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing. Cost: Free
  • 22 March: Australian Booty, Wyndham Cultural Centre, 177 Watton St Werribee, Cost: Tickets $30, Concession $25 and groups of 4+ $25

To find out more about what’s on for IWD, click here. For information about what’s on at the Point Cook Pop Up Park, click here.


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