Happy IWD everyone! Hope to see you there!

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Sydney does International Women’s Day

This year Sydney International Women’s Day (IWD) is about young women, ladies, grrrls, feminists, new blood. It’s about the diversity of young feminists who are thinking, doing, creating, learning and shaping feminism. Get the event details here.

The IWD collective of 2012, made up mostly of members of the F collective, decided to think about the future of feminism when they themed the event Regeneration: Make our future feminist.

Want to help make the event happen? The collective meets at 6pm Mondays here. Come along tonight!

Georgia Potter Butler, one of the organizers of this year’s event, and convener of the F Collective, says she is “organising IWD this year because I think it’s a fab opportunity for the broader feminist community to come together, celebrate and exchange ideas. IWD is an opportunity to reach out and talk about the issues facing all women today.”

Last year was the 100th anniversary of IWD. In Sydney it was a storming success, with well over 3000 people attending and filling the streets. The event demanded equal pay for community workers and there has since been a massive win in this case – read about it here.

You can make friends with Sydney IWD on Facebook and check out all the photos from 2011, plus stay up to date with 2012 happenings. A march is also being organised here.

IWD originated in Europe, and then spread to the USA. In 1911 in the States it coincided with a long, drawn-out garment worker’s campaign known as the ‘bread and roses’ strike. Just like community workers now, the garment workers were mostly women. You can read about the history of IWD here.

The spread of IWD is fascinating for a bunch of reasons, not least because I’m often a bit shocked (but also heartened) to remember that my generation didn’t actually invent social networking – we just have a lot more tools for it now.

But what is IWD about today? There are still plenty of issues to be passionate about: control of our bodies and reproductive choices; the normalising of body-hate; and lack of visibility for women in the arts and other industries.

You’ll have a chance to hear more about these issues at IWD. Women’s, feminist and community groups from all over Sydney will be there to share their work, and there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved.

If you want to know more about the International in International Women’s Day, there are thousands of events every year around the world. The event may have started in the USA, but it has been claimed and resignified by women from Lebanon, the Phillipines and South Africa amongst many others. Chally of Zero at the Bone did a great round up of women’s op-eds at Feministe last year.

One of the excellent things about IWD is the chance to think about the global issues while also getting involved locally.

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