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Auckland Commemoration for International Women’s Day

Auckland Commemoration for International Women’s Day to be held 7th March

The Auckland Branch of National Council of Women New Zealand (NCWNZ) is working with Auckland Council and Shine Te Kakano Tumanako on a commemoration of International Women’s Day on Friday 7th March 2014, at Freyberg Square from 12noon to 2pm.

“On average 14 women lose their lives every year as a result of domestic violence, and we want to draw attention to the ongoing impact of this issue, which disproportionately affects women and girls,” said Julie Fairey, Auckland Branch President NCWNZ.

“We are working with domestic violence prevention agency Shine* on this event, focusing on what individuals, families, communities and local government can do to address both the instances and the causes of domestic violence in Auckland,” said Fairey. “It is wonderful to have speakers from Shine* talking about how we can work together to make homes violence free, along with Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse showing Auckland Council’s ongoing commitment to this issue.”

The event will include speakers, stalls and a modest quantity of cake. NCWNZ’s Auckland Branch is the country’s oldest and largest branch of NCWNZ, and in the case of rain/wind the event will move to nearby Ellen Melville Hall, named for the founder of the branch.


International Women’s Day has been marked around the world on March 8th since the early 1900s. In some countries it is even a public holiday. The official website is: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Other events taking place in the greater Auckland area for International Women’s Day this year include:

• CCS Disability High tea, speakers, art and music at the Dig It! Royal Oak Organic Garden, 14 Erson Ave, 2pm Saturday 8th March, contact Jacqui Carlson 625 9378
• NCWNZ Manukau branch breakfast at the Salvation Army Centre, 16D Bakerfield Place, 7.45am Saturday 8th March, contact Laurice 250 4646 for tickets ($20 pp)
• MiNDFOOD are hosting a full-day workshop, more information here: http://www.mindfood.com/article/celebrate-international-womens-day-with-mindfood/ ($250 pp)


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