Women’s Day, awareness events this weekend

Darrell Cole
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Noon luncheon today at Lions club, Billion Rising goes Saturday

Inspiring Change is the theme of this year's International Women's Day celebration at the Amherst Lions Club today.

Inspiring Change is the theme of this year's International Women's Day celebration at the Amherst Lions Club today. Members of the organizing committee are shown looking over plans for today's event.

AMHERST – The Amherst International Women’s Day luncheon will take place today at the Amherst Lions Community Centre from noon to 1:30 p.m.

There will be chili, soup and cake, raffle tickets, door prizes and a 50/50 draw. There’s no admission fee, but a free will donation to Autumn House will be appreciated.

Clare Christie will be the guest speaker, appearing in period custom as writer Grace McLeod Rogers. Christie wrote a 20-minute play depicting Grace in 1938 at age 75.

Born in Queen’s County, Rogers lived in Amherst from around 1891 to 1911, where she penned several books, magazine articles and historical booklets.

She was Nova Scotia’s first woman candidate to stand in a provincial election.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day festivities, Inspiring Change, is very telling of how attitudes have changed. But it’s also a reminder that the road to true equality is still a long run that will be at times bumpy and filled with potholes.

Amherst’s second 1 Billion Rising event is set for Saturday, beginning at the Cumberland YMCA and concluding at the Dominion Public Building.

The event begins at 1 p.m. and includes a walk to town hall where there will be several speakers and a drumming circle.

One Billion Rising for Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in outside places where they are entitled to justice including courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, workplaces and other places where women deserve to feel safe but all too often do not.

Organizers are hoping participants – both men and women – will bring drums and other noisemakers to make as much noise and commotion as possible as the move from the YMCA to town hall.

They are also hoping those along the route will get into the spirit by dancing to the noise made by parade participants.

Organizers also plan to give One Billion Rising toques to the first 100 participants. She said Autumn House and the Amherst Zonta Club have joined together to sponor the hats, while Carter’s Sports Cresting and CUPE Local 4326 have provided the banner.


Organizations: Autumn House, Amherst Lions Community Centre, YMCA Dominion Public Building Amherst Zonta Club

Geographic location: AMHERST, Nova Scotia

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