International Women’s Day at QVWC

Jo Porter takes us through the exciting events she’s created for International Women’s Day at QVWC.

The Queen Victoria Women’s Garden
March 6-7-8, 8:30am – 5pm
210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

I am very excited that we will be creating a little garden in our Lonsdale Street foyer and among the living plants will be found sculptures by Eliza Jane Gilchrist.

Eliza is an artist from Castlemaine via the North of England whose medium is brown cardboard and she is inspired by the botanical world.

I hope that this indoor garden will be a place of repose but feel free to pop in while Eliza Jane is installing her sculptures on March 4 & 5. I’d love to see visitors to the Centre sitting, listening to some lunchtime music and thinking about … well whatever they want to think about. We will also have a suggestion box for future QVWC programs.

I am hoping this idea will begin a more elaborate gardening theme in future years and would love to see a pharmacy garden somewhere in the Centre. Getting ahead of myself!

Leta Hong Fincher in conversation with Bhakthi Puvanenthiran
March 6, 12:45pm – 2pm
210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Free admission, bookings essential.

We have been working with the Sydney Opera House and Adelaide Writers Week to make sure Melbourne has this incredible opportunity to hear from Leta Hong Fincher the author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China. Ms Hong Fincher will be in lunchtime conversation with Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Associate Editor of‬

On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for 37 days. The Feminist Five became a global cause célèbre, with Hillary Clinton speaking out on their behalf, and activists inundating social media with #FreetheFive messages. But the Feminist Five are only symbols of a much larger feminist movement of university students, civil rights lawyers, labour activists, performance artists and online warriors that is prompting an unprecedented awakening among China’s urban, educated women.

In Betraying Big Brother, journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher argues that the popular, broad-based movement poses a unique challenge to China’s authoritarian regime today. Through interviews with the Feminist Five and other leading Chinese activists, Leta Hong Fincher illuminates both the difficulties they face and their “joy of betraying Big Brother,” as one of the Feminist Five wrote of the defiance she felt during her detention.

Tracing the rise of a new feminist consciousness now finding expression through the #MeToo movement, and describing how the Chinese government has suppressed the history of its own feminist struggles, Betraying Big Brother is a story of how the movement against patriarchy could reconfigure China and the world.

Betraying Big Brother (Verso), is Leta’s second book and was named one of the best books of 2018 by Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Bitch Media, Foreign Policy Interrupted and Autostraddle. Leta’s first book, Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China (Zed 2014), was named one of the top 5 China books of 2014 by the Asia Society’s ChinaFile, one of the best foreign policy books in 2014 by FP Interrupted and one of the best Asian books of 2014 by Asia House. Leftover Women was named on New Left Review’s list of favourite books to read for International Women’s Day in 2016 and 2017.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran is Associate Editor of Crikey, writing mainly on politics and the media. Previously Bhakthi was a journalist and editor at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald covering arts, entertainment and business. She co-hosted the podcast Hard Bargain, is a regular media commentator and sits on the board of the National Young Writers’ Festival.





BYO Picnic For International Women’s Day
March 7, 6pm – 8:30pm
210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Free admission, bookings essential.

On March 7 is the super fun idea of a BYO picnic with a whole lot of really interesting women, some of whom you know and some of whom you would like to know, no doubt!

Each table will be hosted by a woman from a different background who will facilitate conversation and no suggestion box here because you are asked to write on the tablecloths.

The whole evening will be facilitated by artist Jamie Lewis, with table hosts including Dr Suzanne Crowe, Kath Duncan, Amy Gray, Kagi Kowa, Virginia Lovett and more to come! We’ll provide some nibbles and soft drink, you bring something to share, if you can, plus your ideas and sense of fun … we believe Kath Duncan is quite the mover and will be getting us all in on it.

Read our interview with Jamie Lewis:

Read about Kath Duncan’s work and philosophy:

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