Why International Women's Day is important to me.

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity http://www.internationalwomensday.com

International Women's Day came into my life after a voluntary stint at a Women's Centre in Stratford.  The Women's Health centre provided affordable; Complementary therapies, Parent craft, A women's library and a sexual health clinic.  The Women's health centre was ahead of its time during the late 90's a early 2000's and our role as the committee was to ensure that the centre was able to be run in the most efficient way possible.  It was a centre created by women for women,  we had Caryn Franklin as our Patron and a strong community who just wanted to provide a more Holistic approach to health.   I was able to know the significance of International Women's Day because we had to fund raise to keep the center going international women's day was a great time to highlight this cause.  International Women’s day also serves as another way of building communities through its events created around the world.   This is the month or day I give service to women either through a women's workshop or an online offering and it is something that I have done every year for the past 15 years.    International Women's Day has empowered me and helped me connect with a number of amazing women so much that I curated two online exhibitions in a collaboration of over 10 Artists/Healers from around the world. Womb stories A Virtual exhibition 2013  online exhibition; 

Womb stores 2013 Artists and Healers

Womb stores 2013 Artists and Healers

                                     Womb stories 2015 online exhibition

womb stories 2015

womb stories 2015

This month I will be reaching another key 'rites de passage' through my exhibition Legacy which showcases my artwork.  A Labor of love; Legacy is the influence or my work with women across the social, economic and racial spectrum and as an acknowledgement of the power of women coming together to heal and build and not tear each other down.

 

Marilyn x

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