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    "All About Women" Is Exactly What You Should Do For IWD This Year In Sydney

    Count me in!

    If you're wanting to celebrate International Women's Day this year, take a squiz at the "All About Women" festival at the Sydney Opera House.

    Prudence Upton / Courtesy of Sydney Opera House

    The feminist festival is dedicated to celebrating women with talks, panels, workshops and free events.

    Prudence Upton / Courtesy of Sydney Opera House

    On its website, the festival says that it is for "every person who is affected by the patriarchy" and honestly, I cannot put my hand up fast enough to attend.

    Here are a few events that are sure to get you excited:

    1. Abusive Cultures with Jess Hill and Sanam Maher.

    Alice Oehr / Courtesy of Sydney Opera House, Shehrezad Maher / Courtesy of Sydney Opera House

    This discussion, hosted by Gina Rushton โ€” a reporter at BuzzFeed News โ€” will delve into gendered abuse. Hill and Maher are both expert journalists and they will work together to create a discussion around male entitlement and female vulnerability.

    When: Sunday 8 March, 11 a.m.

    Where: The Utzon Room

    Price for a standard ticket: $33 + $8.50 booking fee

    2. Blak Matriarchies with Paola Balla, Amelia Kunoth-Monks and Kirli Saunders.

    Alice Oehr / Courtesy of Sydney Opera House, Courtesy of Sydney Opera House

    In this panel, hosted by Aileen Moreton Robinson, these women will talk about the survival of the matriarchal society throughout Australia's First Nation peoples' 65,000 year history. The conversation will aim to disrupt the racism that exists within mainstream feminism and honour the wisdom of these women and the matrilineal line.

    When: Sunday 8 March, 12:15 p.m.

    Where: The Drama Theatre

    Price for a standard ticket: $33 + $8.50 booking fee

    3. Green With Rage with Yael Stone, Amelia Telford and Jean Hinchliffe.

    Alice Oehr / Courtesy of Sydney Opera House, Courtesy of Sydney Opera House

    This talk, hosted by Maddison Connaughton, brings together women of different backgrounds to discuss their actions for dealing with something that affects us all โ€” the climate crisis. Telford started the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network; Stone, who is known for her role in Orange Is The New Black, returned to Australia to stop the carbon emissions from her regular air travel and Hinchliffe is a 16-year-old leader involved in Australia's youth climate movement.

    When: Sunday 8 March, 2:30 p.m.

    Where: The Utzon Room

    Price for a standard ticket: $33 + $8.50 booking fee

    4. Rethinking Beauty with Bri Lee & Carly Findlay OAM.

    Alice Oehr / Courtesy of Sydney Opera House, Courtesy of Sydney Opera House

    This talk, hosted by Flex Mami, asks the questions that all women think about in relation to beauty, appearance and our bodies. Why is there a belief that to be successful, you must also be thin? And why is there only one "type" of beauty and not multiple? These two writers talk out their own experiences and discuss the freedom of rejecting beauty ideals.

    When: Sunday 8 March, 4:15 p.m.

    Where: The Studio

    Price for a standard ticket: $33 + $8.50 booking fee

    5. Working Bitches Working Title by The Working Bitches

    Courtesy of Sydney Opera House

    This performance will reject the "well behaved woman" trope and show off their bodies in an act of storytelling. This group is made up of friends, sisters and artists coming together to strengthen the individual and collective voices of women.

    When: Sunday 8 March, 6:30 p.m.

    Where: The Studio

    Price for a standard ticket: $33 + $8.50 booking fee

    If you're interested in finding out more, the full program can be found here.

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