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Things to do this International Women's Day

Check out these must-see events where you can celebrate womanhood in all its multi-faceted glory

Written by
Divya Venkataraman
&
Alannah Maher
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In 2021, International Women's Day takes place on Monday, March 8 with the theme #choosetochallenge. It has become a rallying point for women around the world to come together, celebrate, and rise in solidarity against the ever-mutating challenges we continue to face in the modern world.

Feminism takes many forms, and each female-identifying person should feel like they can celebrate IWD in a way that truly explores their experience. To that end, we’ve selected our pick of the best events taking place in Sydney this International Women's Day, from talks and seminars to theatre productions and cultural walks.

Things to do this International Women's Day

Two women-led local businesses are teaming up to kick off your IWD with mindfulness and empowering discussion. Bring along your yoga mat, Wei-Yee from Yoga on Earth will start off the morning with an all-levels yoga session. Then you’ll be nourished with a soothing cup of chai and a wholesome treat from the Chai Walli bar, before the tea and spice brand’s founder, Uppma Virdi, opens the floor for an interactive discussion about what is actually means to make the choice to challenge and what we can do in our lives to achieve gender parity. This event takes place from 7-8.30am at theMungo Scott Building, next to the Summer Hill lightrail stop. Tickets are $30 and you can grab them here.

  • Sex and dating

Mainstream sex toys still have a fairly predictable aesthetic in 2021, one which borrows heavily from the school of “hella tacky”. But now, the sex toy status quo is getting a little shake-up. Here to inject a touch of cool into the garish, pop-up window ridden online warehouses that Australians have to trawl through to make their pleasure purchases, are three trailblazing, women-run sexual wellness brands. Rosewell is all about mkaing objects of beauty and simplicity and Figr is a natural sexual lubricant created from all-Australian native extracts. Figr is latex-friendly (protection first),  pH balanced (see you never, UTIs), non-tacky (in both senses of the word) and toy-compatible. Plus, Normal makes them cute and affordable – with a dose of education on the side. 

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  • Sex and dating

In public discussions, sex workers have become accustomed to being talked about, not to. Especially in some feminist contexts, where assumptions about the world’s oldest profession and the women who practice it can be divisive to say the least. We spoke to writer and proudly vocal sex worker Tilly Lawless about why sex work is important to the modern feminist movement, and what the industry is like in Sydney.

 

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