Week-long festival to mark International Women’s Day

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There will be a week-long festival to mark International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8, with a wide raft of events planned until March 17.

This year’s theme is: Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.

The aim is to celebrate efforts by women and girls in shaping a more equal future.

An emphasis is also being placed on the impacts of COVID-19 on women in the workforce, highlighting issues that the pandemic brought up such as job losses, home schooling and childcare.

The festival kicks off with the opening of the Women in Art Exhibition at The Entrance Gallery, which runs from March 6 to 17, showcasing 130 entries from 70 local artists.

There will also be an artisan market on Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7, at The Entrance Community Centre.

The CWA will have a stall at the market, serving Devonshire tea, and The Entrance Lions Club will also be having a sausage sizzle.

The International Women’s Day Expo will be running alongside the artisan market, with stall holders including Soroptimists, Zonta, the CWA, Volunteering Central Coast, Women’s Health, Hearing Australia, Happiness Habits, The Didi Foundation, Days for Girls, Dragons Abreast CC, Because We Care Boutique, Community Women’s Health Centre and the Historic Society.

There will be live entertainment from Coastal a Capella.

The Central Coast Community Women’s Health Centre will also hold an event on Monday, March 8, at The Red Tree Theatre in Tuggerah called #Choose to Challenge.

This event will feature Olympic aerial skier, Abbey Wilcox, and Artful Women’s, Brenda Logan, as guest speakers, and Lou Bradley will run a music workshop.

Elderslee Foundation and Action on Housing Older Women will hold a forum at the Red Tree Theatre, Tuggerah on Wednesday, March 10.

Harry Mulholland