The Guardian October 4, 2000


WORLD MARCH FOR WOMEN 2000

The World March of Women in the Year 2000 (WMW2000) is a worldwide 
women-led campaign aiming at the elimination of violence against women and 
of poverty worldwide. Women working on the seven-month campaign have 
developed a list of world and local demands. These demands include the 
cancellation of Third World debt, an end to structural adjustment programs, 
the implementation of legislative frameworks to ensure that rights to pay 
equity, employment, decent housing, education, health care and social 
protection, life-long income security and a minimum social wage are 
protected.

Women in 157 countries women have worked together to develop this campaign.

Many events have already been held around Australia since International 
Women's Day.

These events have included a day of action organised by the NSW Central 
Coast Community Women's Health Centre Ltd, a workshop on Magnetic Island 
with 26 women from north Queensland, a one-day conference organised by the 
NSW branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and a 
two-day trade union women's congress organised by the Australian Council of 
Trade Union.

A number of fundraising events have also been held.

In Perth, they have already held two well-attended fund-raising and 
awareness-raising events: a film night showing Of Hopscotch and Little 
Girls and a night of debate and discussion called "Flaunting Feminism" 
in which a large group of women and some men debated the benefits of 
feminism.

Although an application was made to the Federal Government's Office of the 
Status of Women for a relatively small amount of money ($7,500) to assist 
in developing this campaign, the application was knocked back.

This has not deterred the many women around Australia who have rallied 
together in the seven-month campaign. It's not too late to join in the 
activities:

NEW SOUTH WALES

PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP PICNIC
Sat 7th October 11am-4pm
Peace Pavilion, Centennial Park (cnr Park Drive and Grand Drive), Sydney 
Family picnic for all
Welcoming ceremony by Aboriginal Elder ISOBEL COE
from Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Victoria Park
Jaslyn Hall from Radio Triple J
Update on WMW2000 by Dorothy Buckland-Fuller,
national co-ordinating committee for WMW2000
Bring a blanket, notebook & picnic lunch
More info: Dorothy Buckland-Fuller (02) 9968 3910 
email: dbfuller@bigpond.com 

CROSS CULTURAL SHARINGS
Sat 7th October 11am-4pm
Manly Corso, North Shore, Sydney
Opened by Deputy Mayor of Manly Julie Hegaghty
Speaker Quentin Bryce, former EO Commissioner
MC John Jarratt, actor. Banners made by Aboriginal children
Choir, dance groups, singers, much more
More info: Sylvia Harding, phone and fax: (02) 9913 7364

LUNCHTIME EVENT
Newcastle Swansea Workers' Club
Music and speeches
Contact: Betty Mawdsley, phone: (02) 4971 3507 and fax (02) 4971 4264

FILM EVENING
Wed 11th October  6.30pm
Cronulla Cinema, Cronulla Plaza, Sydney
Billy Elliot (M)
A young boy in an English mining village, "prefers ballet to boxing ..."
Wine, live music, introduction by director Jane Tsagias, speakers
Proceeds to International Women's Development Agency for a specific project
Tickets $15, ph: Fiona (02) 9523 0555 (BH)

QUEENSLAND

VIRTUAL BUS TOUR
http://www.dvrc.org.au/virtualbus.html
Queensland Domestic Violence Services Network has embarked on an event that 
will take the form of a virtual bus trip beginning in far north Queensland 
on September 15, 2000.

During this long journey it is hoped that thousands of women and children 
will virtually jump aboard the bus to be part of the global "march".
To get on board, phone the Domestic Violence Resource Centre (DVRC)
on (07) 3217 2311 or email them at: dvrc@ribbon.net.au
or visit their website at http://www.dvrc.org.au/virtualbus.html

MARCH & MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL
Sun 15th October 11am for 11.30am
Meet at Suncorp Park (Corner Adelaide & George Sts) Brisbane
March to City Botanical Gardens, join in Austcare Multicultural Festival, 
deliver large symbolic signature support card to Ms Judy Spence, Minister 
for Women's Policy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Policy and for 
Fair Trading

VICTORIA

PICNIC/CROSS-CULTURAL ACTIVITY
Sat 7th October 12 noon-2pm
Women's Peace Garden, Epsom Road, Kensington, Melbourne
(Melways 42, J2) BYO
Picnic/Cross-cultural sharing activity,
music, dancing, official opening 1 pm by Glenys Romanes, MLC
Contact: Kensington Neighbourhood House: (03) 9376 6366

BRUNCH FOR PEACE
Sat 7th October 11am-2pm
Peter Scullin Reserve Mordialloc Foreshore,
Melways 92, E1 Music, poetry & friendship. BYO Picnic
With Mary Rimington, Jean Melzer, & Annette Siberras
Contacts  Dalene: 9772 2269, Mairi: 9587 8757

WOMEN'S SONG & DANCE EVENT
Sat 7th October 2pm-5pm
Leinster Hall, Leinster Grove, Thornbury, Melbourne, Melways 30 D5/6
A participatory afternoon in association with the Darebin Coalition for the 
International Year for the Culture of Peace. Afternoon tea available.
Contact: Ursula at Thornbury Neighbourhood House (03) 9480 0466

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

WOMEN'S SONG AND DANCE FEST
Sat 7th October 7.30pm-10.30pm
Nexus Cabaret, Lion Arts Centre,
Corner North Terrace & Morphett St, Adelaide
Evening of music, song, dance & fun
Performers include Eileen Darley, the Kura Yelo
(an Aboriginal seniors' choir), the Southern Women's and Trade Union choirs
Welcome to country from Aboriginal elder, Josie Agius
Speaker, Katrina Power, Chairperson of Tandanya Nikki Mortier, MC and much more!
Bookings YWCA, Adelaide, ph: 8227-0155. Cost: $10 and $5 Concession, children $2

WOMEN ONLY DINNER
Fri 20th October 7.30pm
Australian Education Union (SA Branch)
AEU, 163 Greenhill Road, Parkside
Cost: $25  Food by Maya Cafe
Complimentary champagne BYO
Max seating 65, bookings essential
Fax: 8373 1254 or email: gshepherdson@aeusa.asn.au
Cheques payable to AEU (SA Branch) Women's Dinner
All proceeds will go to the Fatima Jinnah Women's University in Pakistan

CANBERRA

WOMEN'S SONG & DANCE FEST
Sat 7th October 12 noon-5pm
Canberra Museum and Gallery in Civic
Singers, dancers, poets & speakers, displays, information sharing tables.
A day for everyone to join in and celebrate

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Sat 7th October 1pm-8pm
Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnity Street, Fremantle
(used to be the old Women's Asylum)
A diverse program, from belly dancing to Irish dancing,
from volleyball to workshops/talking circles 
Stalls with information and promoting awareness about women's issues

NATIONAL CONTACTS

NATIONAL: WMW 2000 national coordinating committee
c/o Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
GPO Box 2094, Adelaide SA 5001
email: cathpete@camtech.net.au
fax: 08 8377 0706 ph: 08 8296 4357
web site for Australia: http://www.uq.net.au/march2000/
web site for overseas: http://www.ffq.qc.ca/marche2000

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