International Women’s Day events in New Glasgow

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NEW GLASGOW – International Women’s Day provides a chance to reflect on achievements made by and for women throughout the world.

Doris Mason

Pictou County is celebrating with a number of events on Saturday, including a luncheon with inspirational speakers at The Celtic Circle.

Doris Mason was a key component of organizing the lunch.

“It’s quite a diverse group of women sharing their stories.”

Mason will be performing some original songs, as well as music from classic female artists such as Ella Fitzgerald.

Mason is often involved in shows supporting women’s issues, including performances for Tearmann House and the New Glasgow Dragon Boat Society, which raises money for the Women Alike Breast Cancer Society.

Writer-in-residence Sheree Fitch will share some of her writing, including a poem entitled Grand Mere and The Love Song of Lucy Laments.

Also on the agenda is Bijou Dlamini, an inspirational speaker who came to South Africa as a refugee and was adopted by a South African father and Canadian mother.

Wendy Hughes, leader of the YMCA Immigrant Services program, will speak about assimilating to Pictou County.

The event runs from noon until 2 p.m. at a cost of $15, including lunch and beverages.

The luncheon is only one event happening in honour of IWD.

The Pictou County Women’s Centre along with the Multicultural Association is hosting a Women and Food of the World Potluck today from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Trinity United Church, MacLean Street entrance.

“March 8th, and the week of, present the opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made towards gender equality and to acknowledge the tremendous contributions made by women – in our communities, our country and worldwide,” the centre said in a release.

Women attending the potluck are invited to share the cultural meaning of their dish and the role of women in their countries.

Children are welcome.

The women’s centre is also putting on a production of the Vagina Monologues on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Glasgow Square. Tickets are $20. 

Organizations: Tearmann House, New Glasgow Dragon Boat Society, Women Alike Breast Cancer Society YMCA Immigrant Services Multicultural Association World Potluck Trinity United Church

Geographic location: Pictou County, New Glasgow, South Africa MacLean Street

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