News: International Women's Day

Local women celebrated the strength of women in the Barkly with two events

Posted: Monday, 14 March 2016

Celebrations began on the Sunday with a breakfast in the Women’s Refuge Peace Garden.
Alice Springs activist and former Tennantite Nadine Williams delivered a speech on pay equality for women in the Barkly to tie in with this year’s theme Pledge for Parity.
Nadine, who is the former President of Australian Education Union NT, was joined by Rosemary Plummer conducting a Welcome to Country and sharing her inspiring stories with Kathleen Dickson entertaining everyone with her beautiful voice.
Local women and men also celebrated on the actual day (8 March) with a parade down the main street from Nyinkka Nyunyu to Peko Park where the crowd listened to speeches of strength, resilience, achievement s and inspiration from various women.
The Assistant Commissioner for NT Police Jeanette Kerr and all the superintendents from across the Territory were there, with two of Tennant’s inspirational youngsters Natasha May and Pearl Randhay telling the IWD story.
Balloons in purple, white and green were then released to the sounds of Kathleen Dickson singing Hallelujah to mark women’s commitment to taking action to accelerate parity. It was an emotional moment and a fitting end to a wonderful event.
Sponsored by the NT Government, International Women's Day is an annual event in the Barkly.