International Women's Day is about rights for all

MISCONCEPTION ABOUT WOMEN'S DAY: It celebrates women's contribution to the struggle for human rights for everyone, men, women and children.

MISCONCEPTION ABOUT WOMEN'S DAY: It celebrates women's contribution to the struggle for human rights for everyone, men, women and children.

Wauchope Community Arts Hall was packed last Saturday night for Sista Sing, with people from all around attending the Wauchope Arts Council’s fantastic line-up of local women performers.

The event was to celebrate International Women’s Day, as well as a fundraiser for Pappinbarra after the recent fires, and drew people from Taree, Kempsey and Port Macquarie as well as locals from Wauchope and surrounds.

20 women graced the stage in 14 separate acts, all inspiring and some which simply took my breath away. Our local talent is amazing.

For over 20 years, Wauchope Arts Council has held regular performance events at the Arts Hall in Bain Park, hosting artists from major festivals and around the country in our own tremendously intimate local performance space. If you haven’t yet caught up with the Arts Council gigs, keep an eye on the local paper for upcoming events.

And if you are interested in being part of the dynamic group which is Wauchope Community Arts Council, their Annual General Meeting is next month so now is the time to put up your hand.

During the week of International Women’s Day, a lot of people – male and female - grumbled to me about the unfairness of having a day to celebrate women when there is nothing for men. That old chestnut constantly needs pruning.

Contrary to most media coverage, International Women’s Day is not designed to put women before men or even to highlight women’s particular needs.

The Day started 110 years ago to celebrate women’s contribution to the struggle for human rights for all – male, female, all races, the environment and especially all children.

It recognises that we the people must never forget to stand up together for justice, for we are not slaves and in the face of oppression should not keep quiet but sing it loud.

These are Cr Intemann’s opinions and not necessarily council’s.

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