OPPORTUNITIES: Janice McTackett and Linda Roberts at the CWA stand at last year's Women's Day Expo at Erina Fair Shopping Centre, letting women know some of the great clubs and services in their community.
OPPORTUNITIES: Janice McTackett and Linda Roberts at the CWA stand at last year's Women's Day Expo at Erina Fair Shopping Centre, letting women know some of the great clubs and services in their community.

Festival celebrates Coast's fabulous women

THE second Central Coast Festival of Women, uniting a host of International Women's Day events under one mighty 10-day umbrella, is a great chance for women retiring on or to the Coast to become more involved in their community.

After an official launch on March 1, the festival kicks off its celebration of women and their contributions to the community with the 5th International Women's Day Expo at Erina Fair Shopping Centre from 9am to 3pm on March 2.

Publicity officer Margaret Heathcote said it was a wonderful chance to discover what opportunities were open to Coast women of all ages and interests.

Information stalls include the Business and Professional Women Central Coast, Country Women's Association of NSW, Soroptimists International Brisbane Water, Rotary clubs, Central Coast Community Women's Health Centre, Zonta, as well as the University of Newcastle - Central Coast and TAFE NSW, Ourimbah Campus.

An event especially created for this year is the Women in Art exhibition, run by Tuggerah Lakes Art Society from Tuesday, March 5-17 at the Entrance Lake House.

Other major events are:

  • The Community Women's Business Network International Women's Day Breakfast at the Art House, Wyong, with guest speaker country music star Gina Jeffreys talking about her new album, music career and charity work 27 years after winning the Tamworth Country Music Festival's Star Maker Quest. Book via thearthousewyong.com.au or phone 02 43351485.
  • Peninsula Women's Health Centre, Woy Woy is exploring how to make a difference in gender balance in a free event from 10am-12pm on Wednesday, March 6, with a guest speaker, morning tea and entertainment. Phone 02 43425905 to book.
  • If you'd like to help women doing it tough in other countries, Zonta aims to prepare 4500 birthing kits at a packing day at the Central Coast Grammar School at Erina on Saturday, March 9. With about 300,000 women and 3 million newborns dying each year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, predominantly in developing countries, the kits help provide a safe and cleaner birthing environment. Phone Janet on 0438 810500.
  • The festival culminates on March 10 with the Soroptimist International Women's Day Breakfast at the Reef Restaurant at Terrigal from 7.45am, with guest speaker Professor Eileen Baldry, a Professor of Criminology, who has taught social policy, social development and criminology for decades and is Deputy Chair of the Disability Council NSW. Bookings ($47) on 02 46391096 by February 22.
  • That afternoon, from 12.30pm you can join the satellite screening of the All About Women Festival from Sydney Opera House, at the University of Newcastle (UON) Central Coast Campus, at Ourimbah, which Margaret said last year proved one of the festival's surprise hits, with more than 75 women attending. Topics including a decade since the #MeToo movement began and prominent international speakers such as Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Emily Steel, who investigated sexual harassment claims against Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, and Indian author Sohaila Abdulali, a former rape crisis centre worker and the first Indian gang rape survivor to speak out. The event is free, but you must register on Eventbrite.

To find out all that is happening, go to @ccfestivalwomen on Facebook or phone Margaret on 0438 287010.


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