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International women’s day celebration

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This international women’s day was a celebration of women, partnerships, local talent and energy.

We announced the winner of the photo competition, one Andrea Sparks who described the juggling act of being a single mum and explained the ways she depicted her life in her image.

Councillor Sarah Carter was appointed Maribyrnong Council’s inaugural gender equity ambassador.

We started with a haunting performance by the wonderful singer-songwriter Lucy Wilson.

The mood moved from thoughtful to frenetic when Jungle City and Legacy started their fantastic formation dance routines, Massive Collective sang soulful harmonies and Ee’da raised goosebumps with her poetry put to music.

Enormous thanks to everyone who submitted photos, the wild and wonderful performers and everyone who joined in the hilarity.

Til next year:

Happy international women’s day!

The equity and justice for women in the west photo exhibition will be at Phoenix Youth Centre (72 Buckley Street, Footscray) until 26 March 2013 and then at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre (210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) from 2-30 April 2013. Come and find out what equity and justice means to us.

Save the date!

Come and celebrate international women’s day on Friday 8 March from 4.30 – 6.30pm

  • Equity and justice photography exhibition launch
  • Hip hop dance crew Jungle City
  • Acoustic performer Lucy Wilson
  • Bollywood dancer Ee’da
  • Dance group Legacy
  • Hip hop outfit Massive Collective

Plus afternoon tea and fantastic door prizes!

Phoenix Youth Centre, 72 Buckley Street, Footscray

Organised by Women’s Health West, Phoenix Youth Centre, Maribyrnong City Council and Brimbank City Council

Photo comp: women working in male-dominated industries

Krystal is working on site wiring in an oven, a clear example that a women can work as an electrician in a male dominated industry.


What does equity and justice for women in the west of Melbourne mean to you?

We’re running a photo competition for international women’s day, read more about it here and send your photo to comms@whwest.org.au before 5pm TODAY! for a chance to win an ipad.

Photo comp: Life as a single mum

I set photo this up to show my life as a single mum.

The Juggling Act Children sports,  work,  personal time, and washing – there’s always washing!

The Juggling Act
Children, sports, work, personal time and washing – there’s always washing!

The Lego head
Represents my child and his ever smiling happy face.

The basketball
Represents our struggle to fit in exercise to a busy life.

The toys
The fallen hulk shows the loss of a man in our life and the nerf gun says we can and will protect ourselves.

The washing
Because there’s always washing!

My legs with body art
A working mum dressing in heels and skirt putting out the washing, struggling with roles of responsibility (mother, daughter, employee, team mate, friend) and time for herself.

There’s never enough time to do the things you want to do.


Job vacancy

Project evaluator

Contract position

WHW is seeking to engage an evaluator to undertake evaluation of the Our Community, Our Rights project, which aims to build understanding, confidence and practical skills in human rights, advocacy and civic participation.

In 2013, the project is being delivered to a group of 12 Chin, Karen, Kachin and Karenni women through a series of workshops and subsequent support for participants to develop their own community projects on human rights issues relevant to their communities.