Date(s) - Friday, March 10, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Knox United Church
Sisters Walking Together for Change
What an exciting night celebrating International Women’s Day at Knox United Church March 10th!
The event was attended by Hon Rochelle Squires, Manitoba Minister for Status of Women and Terry Duguid, MP for Winnipeg South, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister Status of Women, the Honourable Maryam Monsef.
The admission was free, although there was a silver collection to raise funds for Welcome Place and Families First Foundation.
The evening opened with a prayer and song by Pahan Pte San Win. Sarasvati provided three of their monologues as the foundation of the evening program – Diaspora (While trying to welcome a newcomer to Winnipeg, Amna, once a newcomer herself, is faced with the difficulty of defining ‘home’), Lost Girls (She was one of the lost girls of Sudan. Escaping war, surviving near starvation in refugee camps only to come to Canada and face an abusive husband. A testament to the power of the human spirit performed through use of dance and spoken word) and In My Country (A hilarious exposé of how Canada appears to people arriving from other countries. Can you freeze to death getting your mail? Why do you keep apologizing? Is Manitoba really friendly?)
Christine Williams and Sedonia Deng were the gracious emcees.
Entertainment was provided by Beat Box, vocal percussion by Alexa Joy Potashnik and Sagkeeg jiggers Chelsea, Cassey and Francine.
IIWR-MB member organisations and sponsors had displays set up including: MATCH, Grans ‘n’ More, Women4Women South Sudan, Canadian Women for Afghanistan, MKO, Success Skills, Rotary Peace Days, MCIC, Winnipeg Women’s Center Bor, NEEDS, Families First and Welcome place.
The refreshments were generous and delicious.
We thank our sponsors: Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, Success Skills Center and Rotary Peace Days. We also thank all the volunteers that came out to help out at the event.