International Womxn's Day

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Marlee and Keely Silva from Tiddas 4 Tiddas in front of an Aboriginal artwork.
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A symposium designed by and for womxn of colour to build solidarity and explore challenges unique to their communities

Solidarity is key at this high-powered, boundary-pushing event led by community-building organisation We Are the Mainstream. This coming International Women’s Day (March 8), black, Indigenous and womxn of colour (BIWoC) are invited to a symposium exclusively by and for their communities. It's a full-day affair, with international and nationally renowned speakers, tailored workshops and interactive breakout sessions. 

In the morning, two panel discussions set the scene for the innovative, expansive dialogue that will inform the rest of the day. In the first, panellists will discusss how exclusive social spaces for black, Indigenous and women of colour can be realised and defended. The second panel will be led by BIWoC who have excelled in their varied professional fields, who will share stories of their successes, frustrations and their experiences navigating through spheres of influence. 

Speakers fronting the event include Moreblessing Maturure, the creative director of Folk Magazine, Kamilaroi sisters Marlee and Keely Silva who run story sharing platform for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander women, Tiddas 4 Tiddas, and arts and culture broadcaster Seini Taumoepeau.

Rounding out the day, a series of special-interest breakout sessions will shed light on specific areas of interest to attendees: from self-care and holistic wellbeing, to youth and education, to entrepreneurship, advocacy and activism. 

Tickets are on sale now for $150 – but heavy discounts are available for prospective attendees who identify as being First Nations, Black or low-income, as well as other categories.  

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