...from past to present
In celebration of International Women's Day the Little Carib Theatre, Woodbrook will tonight host When Women Roar, a theatrical production featuring women performing monologues, poetry, dramatic skits and more.
It is interesting that the Little Carib is the setting for this event as it was founded by Beryl McBurnie who when she saw a need for a space for dancers and others to showcase their talents, opened her home up to them. Through this selfless gesture by one woman hundreds of female and male artistes from every discipline have been able to develop their gifts into careers passing down their knowledge to generations since.
The show will feature stories and vignettes from women throughout "His-story," who want to tell "Her-story." There will be items encouraging women who need to stand up and speak out and have something to say about politics, the inequality with which women are treated, the rise in violence against women and the love that needed to conquer all these ills.
There will be an excerpt from the critically acclaimed play MISS Miles the Woman of the World written by Tony Hall and featuring Cecilia Salazar who portrays the woman who dared to stand up against corruption in Trinidad and ended up paying the ultimate price, her life.
Also performing will be Verna St Rose Greaves, a long standing feminist, social activist, trade unionist, and Human Rights Advocate. Her work titled Love and a Shoe-Box is a piece that pays homage to the generations of courageous women that it takes to raise our children and indeed our Nation. Judith Laird has contributed her 15-minute film "The alarm rings softly," which was shot in Tobago and tells the true stories of women who were victims of abuse. The show will also include pieces from experienced actresses and new up and coming young powerful women such as; Jelae Stroude Mitchell, Gerelle Forbes and Lesley-Ann Gay.
Proceeds from this event will go to assist women and girls to find their voice. The plan is to make this an annual event, and to hold workshops that can culminate in a festival for International Women's Day.
About International Women's Day
When: Friday 8 March 2013
What: International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday.
Why: Suffragettes campaigned for women's right to vote. The word 'Suffragette' is derived from the word "suffrage" meaning the right to vote. International Women's Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women's success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed. The first International Women's Day event was run in 1911 .
2013 Theme: THE GENDER AGENDA:
Over time and distance, the equal rights of women have progressed. We celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change. There is global momentum for championing women's equality.
Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. Many groups around the world choose different themes each year relevant to global and local gender issues.