International Women's Day 2017 summary

Posted 6th Feb 2017

For International Women’s Day 2017 we had a special breakfast on 8 March at Doubletree by Hilton with presenter Marguerite Baptiste-Rooke, Manager of the Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia. We had a fantastic turn out, and Marguerite provided a very interesting insight into the stories and challenges of migrant and refugee women who have come to Alice Springs and Central Australia. Thank you to everyone who attended for their support! And thank you for donations towards Share the Dignity. 

On 11 March, we also had a silent film night with around 65 people attending. We showed ‘The Woman Suffers’, from 1918, which was an important and controversial film in its time, and remains one of the most significant Australian silent features. The film is a full-scale melodrama of town and country, with sumptuous settings and high fashions, noted for its thoughtful expose of the double standard of morality – “The woman suffers – while the man goes free”. The film has been called ‘Australia’s first feminist feature film’, and this concentration on the plight of womanhood is evidence of the input of Lottie Lyell, a pioneer in the early Australian film industry. A critical and commercial success in 1918, the film was banned in New South Wales.  Thank you to the Office of Women’s Policy, Northern Territory Government, for sponsoring this event. 

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