Women’s vision of equity and justice in west

This international women’s day local women and girls will gather at Phoenix Youth Centre in Footscray for the launch of Women’s Health West’s photograph exhibition exploring equity and justice for women.

‘We asked women to take a photo of what equity and justice (or inequity and injustice) means for them and the response has been fantastic,’ said Dr Robyn Gregory, Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health West.

International Women’s Day is marked on the 8th of March every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the political, social and economic achievements of women.

‘The first Australian International Women’s Day rally in 1928 called for equal pay.

‘It is disheartening then that two of the photos in this exhibition draw attention to the 17.2 per cent pay disparity between women and men.

‘Another illustrates the fact that women will have half as much superannuation as men.

Women creatively tackled equity from many directions including discrimination, disability, poverty, social isolation, housing, family violence and gendered stereotypes.

‘One participant submitted a photo of her own life once she learned that women make up 83.8 per cent of single parents in the western region of Melbourne.

‘Another woman submitted a photo of her daughter installing an oven on site as part of her electrician apprenticeship, a clear example that women can work in male dominated industries.’

The celebration — organised in partnership with Phoenix Youth Centre, Maribyrnong City Council and Brimbank City Council — includes Bollywood and rap dance, hip hop and acoustic music.

The exhibition will be on display at Phoenix Youth Centre (72 Buckley Street, Footscray VIC) until 26 March 2013 and at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre (210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) for the month of April.

Photo opportunity

4.30pm Friday 8 March 2013

Phoenix Youth Centre (72 Buckley Street, Footscray VIC)

MEDIA: For more information contact Nicola Harte, Communications Manager on 9689 9588 or email nicolah@whwest.org.au