“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” – Gloria Steinem

JERA International is partnering with Casa Cultura, the boîte and Cantoalma for a unique event in Melbourne to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2015. Join us in this celebration and enjoy a wonderful evening of music.

International Women’s Day is a celebration of women – women in all their diversity and wonder. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.

Sunday 8th March    7:00pm
$12 (+booking fee). $15 on the door.  Buy Tickets

250 High Street
Northcote Hill 3070

PH: 9482 1333

Canto Alma is a group of women singers and musicians who have come together to pay homage to the cultural heritage of Latin America. Vocally directed by Bonnie Smith, they interweave traditional and original music, with sophisticated vocal arrangements, impeccable musicianship and an exquisite mise-en-scene.

The group comprises a wide range of vocal styles, musical influences and
national origins, with women from El Salvador, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Australia and Spain. It includes important figures of the Melbourne music scene, especially in the Latin context, such as Claudia Osegueda, Elizabeth Obando, Bonnie Smith, Vanessa Estrada, Sarah de la Cerda, Yoly Denmon, Katherine Gailer, Elisa Osegueda, Karina Lehman and Yolanda Garcia.

On this occasion, a handful of beautiful songs from the traditional Latin American songbook as well as some original compositions are used to tell a tale of love, lament and liberation in the voice of a timeless woman who triumphs over the challenges of a life that is constrained by social pressures, gender inequality and domestic abuse. The strength of the woman prevails though and her path is lit by independence, motherhood and, ultimately, liberation.

The show is co-produced by Marta Avila and Eyal Chipkiewicz, both of whom have been extensively active in Melbourne’s cultural landscape over the last few years, producing widely acclaimed shows including the Melbourne Fringe’s Carnaval Latino, José Nieto’s “Resumen de Noticias” tribute to Silvio Rodríguez, among many others. The production also has the support of Casa Cultura Inc., JERA International and The Boite, a network of not-for-profit organizations.

History of International Women’s Day 

International Women’s Day (IWD), also called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year.  In different regions of the world the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. International Women’s Day started as a Socialist political event back in 1909, since this time, the day has been taken up and blended into the culture of many countries over the years.  International Women’s Day was first observed as a popular event after 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

In some regions, the day has lost a little of  its political flavor, and has become an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.  In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. This is a day which some people celebrate by wearing purple ribbons.

 In 2015 Governments and activists around the world will commemorate the 20th anniversary year of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, an historic road map that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights.The International Woman’s Day theme for 2015 is ‘Make It Happen’ the campaign has  a hashtag for social media #internationalwomensday and  @jera-int



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