Feminist Happenings in Melbourne this March

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March is approaching, and you know what that means - International Women’s Day 2019! IWD is an important day for us - not only is it our birthday, but we happen to be holding a very special event to celebrate! This year, we are running a panel with some amazing guests all about burnout, mental health and self care, subjects very close to our heart. Bringing you live events means so much to us, because it offers us a chance to meet you all, have some drinks, listen to some of our favourite feminists and learn something in the process. If you haven’t already had a look at the panel, it’s time to pencil it in to your diary - we can’t wait to see you there!

We also want to celebrate fantastic feminists all month long, so we have found a plethora of brilliant events happening all month! With film festivals, poetry nights and Trans Day of Visibility, there’s a plenty happening around Melbourne this March.

Tuesday 5th - She Started It Screening + Panel Discussion presented by Transitions Film Festival

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a woman entrepreneur? The tech field is fraught with inequality and the vast majority of startups are run by white men. Screening as part of the Transitions Film Festival, She Started It is a feature length documentary on women tech entrepreneurs, shot on location in Silicon Valley, NYC, Europe, Vietnam, Mississippi and beyond. The film aims to highlight successful role models for young women, and shows what it takes to be a woman in the world of tech startups. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring founders and investors including Rachel Yang from Impact Investment Group, Zoe Milne from LoopLearn, May Chai from The Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship and Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran from RMIT. For more info and tickets, head to the TFF website.

Friday 8th - her words International Women’s Day Panel // On burnout, mental health and self care

It’s International Women’s Day, and we are so excited to be presenting another thought-provoking panel featuring some of our favourite folks! In the wake of the big, exhausting year that was 2018, we're coming together to talk about mental health, self-care and burnout. What does it mean when you’re continually asked to 'be strong', achieve big things, and drive change? How can we honour the needs and limitations of ourselves and each other? What’s missing from the global self-care movement?

We are so excited to hear from our panel, including Shantel Wetherall of Hey Aunty! Podcast, Honor Eastly of No Feeling is Final podcast, Tarneen Onus-Williams of Straight Talk, the Koorie Youth Council and Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, Leah Jing McIntosh, founder of Liminal Magazine and Jo Mitchell, clinical psychologist and co-founder of The Mind Room. We are so delighted to bring this event to you, so make sure you book your tickets and come along!

Image via MQFF Facebook event page

Image via MQFF Facebook event page

Thursday 14th - Monday 25th - Melbourne Queer Film Festival

There is nothing more powerful than storytelling, which is why we love the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. A highlight of the year, MQFF is all about changing lives through the experience of shared stories – bringing the best of world queer culture to Melbourne and nurturing the development of new Australian voices. This years’ program is full of incredible cinema, engaging discussions and even some exciting workshops, so check it out and start planning your top festival picks!

Thursday 14th - Feminist Climate Justice Poetry Night

If you’re looking for a night out with a difference, this is the event for you! The Women's Climate Justice Collective and ActionAid are coming together to facilitate a poetry night celebrating feminism and climate justice. The night will start with professional poets, followed by an Open Mic for budding poets to share their work on the topics of feminism and climate justice. For more details, see their event page.

Image via Kill Your Darlings

Image via Kill Your Darlings

Wednesday 27th - Witches: What Women Do Together - In Conversation with Samantha George-Allen

We’re always looking for a good book, and this new publication from Samantha George-Allen looks like it’s right up our alley. Witches: What Women Do Together is a deeply personal exploration of what women make together, delving into workplaces, industries and social groups to dismantle the cultural myth of female isolation and uncover evidence that these groups are formidable. Presented by Kill Your Darlings First Book Club, this event will see Samantha George-Allen and Ellen Cregan, discussing Witches and the experiences and research that led to her investigating the processes and results of women’s collaboration. For more details, check out the event page.

Sunday 31st - Trans Day of Visibility 2019 presented by Transgender Victoria

Trans Day of Visibility is an entire day dedicated to celebrating the Trans and Gender Diverse experience and community. This year, the wonderful folks at Transgender Victoria have put together a full day program of events at Hares & Hyenas, starting with a panel discussion hosted by the incomparable Mama Alto. Featuring a panel of trans and gender diverse PoC advocates, writers, and artists this will be a stirring and much-needed discussion about visibility for trans people of colour. This will be followed by activities for young trans people with games and crafts. And to finish off the night, the Trans Day of Visibility Party will finish things with a bang! Featuring spoken word and poetry by Artemis Munoz & Nevo Zisin, with an open mic if audience members feel like sharing something of their own. This promises to be a wonderful day, so make sure you peruse the program and come along!

Planning a feminist event? Tell us all about it at hello@herwords.com

Domini Marshall