Women of the World Festival Melbourne 2017

Women of the World Festival Melbourne was a three day summit of critical conversations, celebrations and performances, held at Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) between 23 March to 25 March. WOW began at London’s Southbank Centre in 2011 and has since been adopted across five continents, engaging millions of women around the world. WOW Melbourne saw women from diverse backgrounds lead conversations on achieving true gender equality.

  1. DAY ONE

  2. WOW opened with an Acknowledgement of Country by local women on Thursday 23 March 2017.
  3. Keynote speakers Boonwurrung Elder, Arweet Carolyn Briggs and Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara artist and researcher Paola Balla called on the audience to reflect on local Aboriginal women's stories and histories. Former Black Panther Party chair Elaine Brown traced her revolutionary roots, and its relevance today, while Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman Nayuka Gorrie made the personal political.

    Our panellists explored what modern feminism looks like and stands for. We threw undervalued forms of women's labour into the spotlight, debated over how to achieve disability justice, and asked: What does the female gaze look like?
  4. Arweet Carolyn Briggs opened with stories of her family history.
  5. The conversation "Some Woman's Work" between Eleanor Jackson, Sadaf Saaz, Eugenia Flynn and Priya Srinivasan discussed the experience and placement of women in today's corporate structures.
  6. These three staunch and generous ~celebs~ have all just spoken so beautifully and openly at the Women of the World Festival 🌟 The Matriarchy is real & it resides in our sovereign bodies and those surrounding us. We are grateful for the women who have fought for us, loved us & protected our families with such resilience and resistance against white feminism and the impacts of colonisation. Thank you Arweet Carolyn Briggs, Paola Balla & Nayuka Gorrie 🙌🏾#wowfestival #footscrayarts #feminism #narrm #melbourne
    These three staunch and generous ~celebs~ have all just spoken so beautifully and openly at the Women of the World Festival 🌟 The Matriarchy is real & it resides in our sovereign bodies and those surrounding us. We are grateful for the women who have fought for us, loved us & protected our families with such resilience and resistance against white feminism and the impacts of colonisation. Thank you Arweet Carolyn Briggs, Paola Balla & Nayuka Gorrie 🙌🏾#wowfestival #footscrayarts #feminism #narrm #melbourne
  7. A keynote speech from WOW founder Jude Kelly about how she first started the festival in her backyard.
  8. "Female Gaze on Film and Stage" with Lisa French, Amos Gebhardt, Candy Bowers and Chi Vu discussed cultural safety in the industries and the politics of both Male and Female gaze.
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