‘I am Woman … Hear me Now’

What an amazing, powerful evening, beyond our expectations! More than 140 women and men of all backgrounds listened to a panel presentation of thirteen women who had faced challenges that served to make them to be heard now, enjoyed dancing from local Samoan, Indian and Latino American women and raised $1920.40 for accommodation units in need of refurbishment at Warrawee Women’s Shelter

The panel presenters spoke of their lives relating to a specific topic. These topics covered ageing, belief, health, sex, abuse, suicide, farming, migrant, refugee, transgender, disability, surprise topic and mental health. The presenters provided an opportunity for the audience to listen to ‘real’ life experiences, reflect, ask questions, and take away knowledge to bring about change. There were many moments of silence from the audience while listening to stories from the presenters.

It is estimated that $1500 was given in ‘kind’ for the evening. This includes the ‘Devonport Strikers Club’ waived fee for their venue, Forth Bush Nursery (donation of native pine trees for the presenters), Lartissa (poster design) presenters who sought no reimbursement for any cost incurred and other individuals who gave their time to assist.