The Weaving House, a Wanaka-based gender equality and human rights non-profit organisation, is bringing “Her Voice” to the Lake Wanaka Centre in April. “Her Voice” is a series of public lectures with New Zealand women leaders and thinkers discussing varied issues that are currently at major crossroads.
The speakers come from a range of expertise with backgrounds and knowledge in politics, environment, law, urban design, human rights, reproductive rights and health, economics, media, sporting, family and sexual violence and social development. The focus is on gender equality and human rights issues, interwoven with topics and areas of life these women specialise in. The line up of speakers include Julie Anne Genter, Minister for Women; Marilyn Waring, author and activist; Juliet Gerrard, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and Karanina Someo, Equal Employment Commissioner.
“Speakers will be presenting those ‘dangerous ideas’ to provide simple and clear steps towards a collective future as a peaceful, equitable, sustainable nation and hopefully world,” said organiser Amy Pearl.
The two days of public lectures begin on Friday, April 12. From 9am, Saturday, April 13, a women’s market stall will be held in front of the Lake Wanaka Centre. Women’s art will also displayed in the Lake Wanaka Centre over the two days and feminist literature will be for sale during the convention, including book signings with Marilyn Waring for her new book Still Counting.
If some of those subjects sound too heavy, then the conference is also offering The Fan Brigade’s Feminazi Bitches which might be a lighter way to enter the subject matter. The Fan Brigade is an award-winning musical stand up comedy duo by Livi Reihana and Amanda Kennedy; the pair are “stupid ugly feminazi bitches who should gas themselves’... or talented comedians taking the New Zealand and Sydney comedy scenes by storm (depends who you ask).” Feminazi Bitches won the Director's Choice Award 2018 at the NZ International Comedy Festival. They have been described as “Brilliantly bawdy, fabulously facetious and exceedingly entertaining… riotous and wildly audacious.”
Tickets are $10 a session or $50 for the two days and will be available online next week. Saturday evening’s show will be $20 a ticket.