International Women’s Day: A single story, a world of difference

You’re invited to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022 with YWCA Canberra. This year’s IWD theme is “Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.  

Building on our tradition of using this global day to focus on the lives and stories of Canberra women, YWCA Canberra will be holding a free IWD event on Thursday 10 March. 

A single story, a world of difference will focus on women leading change for gender equality by sharing the experiences of local women involved in advocacy.  

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the women featured in our documentary. 

In-person attendance will be limited for COVID-19 safety, but we will also be streaming virtually. Please register in advance whether you are planning on attending in person or online. 

Event details: 

Date: Thursday 10 March  

Time: 9:30 to 11am 

Location: Level 3, YWCA House, 71 Northbourne Avenue (and streamed virtually) 


Justine Brown is co-founder of the United Ngunnawal Youth Council, and founder of Mulleun Dreaming, a dance and collaborative organisation that support the community through Yarning Circles focusing on healing, Traditional Women’s and Men’s dance workshops, weaving workshops and Cultural Walks focusing on Ngunnawal plant use.

Ruth O’Brien is a passionate & creative Canberra local. Entering her professional career as a singer and songwriter, Ruth has gone on to form a multi-faceted arts career, lending her skills and voice (musical, spoken and written) to many creative initiatives and projects across the ACT.

Sonam Choden was named as the 2021 ACT Woman of the Year for her work at Calvary Public Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sonam is an incredible woman who has brought awareness to women who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and advanced gender equality and respect for migrant women in her workplace. Since migrating from Bhutan, where English is not her first language, Sonam has been working at Calvary for four years. Sonam also supports her husband and two teenage children as they study on student visas.

Katrina Marson established the Relationships and Sexuality Education Alliance  in 2020. Katrina is a criminal lawyer who’s research has argued that the criminal justice system fails to reduce the incidence of unwanted sexual experiences for young Australians, compared to preventative education methods which are more effective. In 2012, Katrina was awarded the Maree Ayers Prize for Criminal Justice and the Tillyard Prize for outstanding contribution to university life by the ANU. In 2013, she was named ANU Student of the Year. In 2016 she was named ACT Young Lawyer of the Year. She writes and speaks publicly in the area of law reform and policy, as well as relationships and sexuality education (see research and media page for more information). She is also a contributor for the Sydney Morning Herald.

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