Emily Rayers reports back on women’s collective
It’s been another busy week for the Women’s Collective! We hope you have all started to settle in to your classes and timetable and are looking forward to the semester ahead.
Our first meeting took place on Wednesday, and we had so much new interest that we were practically spilling outside the door of the Women’s Room! It was fantastic to catch up with old members, meet so many new members and, hear some really great ideas for activism and social events through the coming year. Don’t let the lack of space deter you from joining us at our next meeting – there is always room for more enthusiasm around women’s issues and we have a place in our ranks for every woman on campus.
As you are likely aware, International Women’s Day occurred last Friday – an annual event which has been an international celebration for over 100 years. Much of our time last week was spent at various events celebrating the achievements of women, remembering how far we have come and remembering that we still have much further to go in women’s activism.
The Women’s Collective hosted a stall on Friday at the IWD festival hosted by the USU and had a fantastic day. The combination of sunshine, fairy floss, fabulous tunes from Eirwen Skye and the company of so many wonderful women made for a perfect way to celebrate! Huge congratulations go out to the USU Women’s Convenor and Women’s Collective member, Eve Radunz, who did an
amazing job organising everything despite lots of unexpected setbacks on the way!
Many of our members also attended the Sydney-wide International Women’s Day march on Saturday. After catching up over some yummy homemade snacks we wandered over to Town Hall and joined hundreds of other Sydney women to raise awareness for and push for action to end violence and discrimination to women. There was a huge turnout for the march and it was not only a great success but a LOT of fun to march with friends and alongside the UTS and UNSW Women’s Collectives!
The Seen&Heard festival continues this Thursday evening at The Red Rattler in Marrickville, showcasing films produced, directed or largely influenced by women. For more information see their Facebook event ‘Seen & Heard Film Festival 2013’.
As always, if you would like to join the Women’s Collective feel free to come along to our meetings at 1pm Wednesdays in the Women’s Room at Manning house. Alternatively request to join our Facebook group ‘Usyd Women’s Collective’, tweet us (@SRCwomens) or phone the SRC on 9660 5222.