March the 8th is a global day of recognition and celebration of women’s social, political, cultural and economic achievements. It is also a day that invites reflection and action to combat gender-based discrimination and violence. The Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration is a free annual oration delivered by a distinguished female guest speaker, Maxine Beneba Clarke.
In May 2013, City of Darebin made a decision to institute the annual Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration as part of Council’s International Women’s Day celebrations, in tribute to respected and recognised Darebin resident, Molly Hadfield OAM.
Molly Hadfield OAM made an invaluable contribution as an activist on public housing, senior’s rights, women’s rights, public education, community health and peace; all of which were ultimately linked to her core belief and deep commitment to social justice.
This specific International Women’s Day tribute is a way to recognise Molly’s contribution but also a proactive way of exploring key social justice issues that impact and interest women in our community.
Keynote Speaker: Maxine Beneba Clarke
Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Maxine’s short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications nationally. The Hate Race, a memoir about growing up black in Australia won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural NSW Award 2017 and was shortlisted for an ABIA, an Indie Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and Stella Prize. The Patchwork Bike, Maxine’s first picture book with Van T. Rudd was a CBCA Honour Book for 2017.
MC: Lorraine Ngwenya
Lorraine Ngwenya is the founder of Useful Link; an organisation that seeks to empower young people in areas of employment and personal development. She is invested in being a part of the conversation and work around changing our education system to reflect where the workplace is headed.
Artist: Dear Matilda
As an only child Dear Matilda is used to being the centre of attention, which is reflected in her live shows as she performs solo with a steel string acoustic guitar and a dynamic voice bursting with passion. Though mainly acoustic folk – Dear Matilda dabbles in music inspired by many different genres. Currently undertaking a Bachelor of Sound Production at Box Hill Institute, she is in the process of self-composing and recording her debut EP.
The event will include light refreshments.
FREE with bookings required. Click here
Note: No need to print your tickets. Your booking name will get you in the door.
Northcote Town Hall, Main Hall
189 High St, Northcote.
Running time 90min minutes.
Suitable for all ages.
We are an accessible venue, and accept Companion Cards, please call the Box Office on 8470 8280 to make your booking or to confirm your requirements.