Last weekend the Wardan Aboriginional Culture Centre opened its gate to women only and for the 4th time this included all women, not just indigenous women. It was an honour, not only to be welcomed into the space but to be made to feel absolutely a part of the shared culture of this land along with the great responsibility of caring for it.
After coming home from the weekend it was a joy to sit down under the trees with fibre artist Cynamon Aeria and weave some beautiful creations. Cynamon will be here for the next few Thursdays holding weaving circles and creating objects of beauty to hang in the trees around Fair Harvest (find out more here).
If you cant join us on Thursdays come along on International women’s day (Sunday March 8th) for a day of celebration and connection, the program so far;
3pm…………Weaving circle with Cynamon
3pm ………. Environmental art project with Elaine Clocherty
3pm ………. Sisters Circle with Naomi Godden (see details below)
5pm ………. Celebration of International Women’s Day
5.30………..Cloth Swap (bring up to 6 items to swap……..read about our last swap here)
end……………when the last woman leaves
This day is free to all women, please bring what you can to share…….food, drink, music, dance, ideas, fun and friendship.
New addition the day….
3-5pm: Sisters Circle @ main room. Women are invited to join a safe dialogue circle to talk about various issues facing women in Australia and internationally. Topics may include the gendered impacts of climate change, men’s violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and women taking action for positive change. We can also discuss opportunities for taking action for women’s human rights in our own community. The dialogue space will be facilitated by Naomi Godden.
**Please note, this is not a group counselling session, but a discussion circle to talk about gender issues more broadly and workshop possibilities for action in our community. If required, Naomi can provide information about appropriate local counselling services.
Naomi Godden is a Margaret River-based social worker with 15 years of grassroots community work experience in rural Australia and internationally, with a strong focus on women’s rights and gender equality. She currently works as a feminist social researcher for the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability Research Unit (GLASS) at Monash University, and in 2014, she represented GLASS at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. Her feminist interests include gender and climate change, men’s violence against women, women’s movements, and rural women’s rights.
Please be in touch if you’d like more info. My number is 0407 776 815.