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Oxford celebrating International Women’s Day on Saturday

Members of the Oxford Celebrates International Women’s Day committee (from left) Sara Jewell, Ruthie Patriquin and Alison Draper are getting ready for this year’s celebration on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Oxford.
Members of the Oxford Celebrates International Women’s Day committee (from left) Sara Jewell, Ruthie Patriquin and Alison Draper are getting ready for this year’s celebration on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Oxford. - Submitted

Rene Ross to serve as guest speaker

OXFORD – Oxford Celebrates International Women’s Day committee will hold its annual concert on March 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Oxford. 

The United Nations 2018 IWD theme ‘Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’ has been adopted for this year’s event theme.  

“It is clear that a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support is underway,” organizing committee member Alison Draper said. “On March 10 we will celebrate women in urban and rural settings who continue to advocate and inspire us to lead the way towards positive change and equality for all. The time is now.”

This year marks the fifth anniversary for the concert and an afternoon of music, poetry, conversation and inspiration by girls and women from ages 6 to 90+.

The lineup includes the Cumberland Youth Choir, Silver Rose, Deedra Greene, Minerva, Sara Jewell in Conversation with Estella Rushton, Marla Ross and the Cobequid Fun-Tones.

Rene Ross, executive director of the Sexual Health Centre of Cumberland County will be the guest speaker.

An activist and community educator, she will address the importance of human rights advocacy, not only abroad but in Cumberland County and how local communities can inspire this work.

Admission is free. Donations at the door are welcomed. Proceeds from the concert are in support of the Girl’s World Program which has been held in Oxford every summer for over 20 years.

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