Randwick Council will celebrate International Women’s Day with several events, including an exhibition, a film screening and talk for Randwick staff, which all celebrate the art and voices of women.

“This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Break the Bias – is a great reminder that we need to remove the seen and unseen barriers for women and work towards creating equity in our community and in our workplaces,” said Randwick Deputy Mayor Kym Chapple.

“It asks us all to recognise that unconscious biases do exist and to question assumptions so that we don’t maintain the status quo. It’s a great campaign and one that Randwick is proud to champion.”

Council is currently flying International Women’s Day banners in several locations throughout the LGA, promoting the #BreakTheBias campaign which seeks to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive community, free of discrimination and bias.

The UN also run an International Women’s Day campaign, with the theme of: Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow. This theme recognises and celebrates the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are working to change the climate of gender equality and build a sustainable future.

Council’s annual International Women’s Day Art Exhibition will open this Sunday 6 March at the Randwick Community Centre and will showcase the works of local female artists. Selected works will then be on display at the Lionel Bowen Library from Tuesday 15 March to Friday 25 April.

In partnership with the Ritz Cinemas, Council will hold a free screening of the documentary Kusama: Infinity, which explores how the Japanese artist overcame sexism, racism and the stigma of mental illness to achieve international recognition. The documentary will screen on Tuesday 8 March, starting at 7pm.

Also starting on Tuesday 8 March, and running for two weeks, is an exhibition of female torsos by renowned sculptor Feyona van Stom. The exhibition places her powerful and alluring sculptures alongside the Museum’s permanent collection, resulting in ‘conversations’ between the works and the collection that challenge the traditionally patriarchal readings of history.

On Thursday 10 March, Michele Adair, CEO of one of NSW’s largest community housing providers, will speak to Council staff as part of an International Women’s Day lunch. She will share her experiences of homelessness as a single mother, living with chronic illness and her work advocating for policy and practical reforms in health, gender equity and affordable rental housing.

For more information visit Randwick City council website: www.randwick.nsw.gov.au