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All About Women - Live Stream at The Joan

Source: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre | Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
Archived 21 Apr 2019 - Posted: 22 Feb 2019
Experience the main stage action of All About Women as it is streamed live from Sydney Opera House, right here in Penrith at The Joan Sunday 10 March from 12 noon.

All About Women, now in its seventh year, is a vibrant festival that asks questions about gender, justice and equality. This year's program features emerging new voices from around the world speaking to future directions in feminism.

The Joan is streaming two headline sessions live from this preeminent festival on gender:

ME TOO: YEAR TWO - A decade since the Me Too campaign began, and a year since #metoo rocked the entertainment industry, there has been a clear cultural shift.

Across industries, women who were preyed upon, exploited and harassed have spoken out and sought justice, and the movement has gone global. But it hasn’t all happened smoothly. Louis CK returned to the comedy stage. The Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Now that accountability frameworks have been put in place, are the structures of justice and legal systems changing? Have we seen a fundamental shift in the way power functions, or is it temporary and superficial? How is #metoo playing out in different countries and cultures?

Listen as Emily Steel, Sohaila Abdulali, Tina Tchen and host Lenore Taylor explore how the movement must evolve to represent women worldwide, and to create long-lasting cultural and political change.

FEMINISM IN THE ARAB WORLD panellists Aya Chebbi, Dima Matta, and Randa Abdel Fattah will demonstrate that discussions about women in the Arab world can go much deeper than “why do you wear hijab?” and explore the issues and concerns, both political and personal, for Arab women and LGBTQI people.

Arab women are so often pigeonholed, orientalised and “othered” in western discussions about feminism. But the reality is there are strong feminist and LGBTQI movements across the Arab world. This panel, co curated by artist, poet and activist Sara Saleh, challenges the assumptions so frequently made by westerners, that Arab women are subjugated and oppressed, by giving space for some of the loudest activist voices across the middle east.

Enjoy a light lunch at 12 noon and an afternoon of invigorating discussions on issues and ideas that matter to women today. Our host and MC Emele Ugavule will bring her skills and passion to the fore as she creates an opportunity to connect, engage and question.

Be part of this symposium streamed live - no woman, aspiring feminist, jaded women’s libber, or man who has chosen to support and listen, can afford to miss it.

All About Women

Sunday 10 March 2019

12noon - 4:30pm

Allan Mullins Studio, The Joan Sutherland Performing Art Centre, High Street, Penrith.


  • $20 includes lunch and refreshments.
  • Buy tickets online or call box office 4723 7600.
Aya Chebbi
Emily Steel
Sohaila Abdulali
Tina Tchen
Randa Abdel Fattah
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