International Women’s Day, Bellingen

The colours of International Women’s Day were prominently on display for the celebratory breakfast held by the Bellingen District Greens at the Purple Carrot this morning.

Not only were many of the attendees wearing violet shades, the tables were also bedecked with purple flowers, the water jugs had a green hue, and the napkins were white.

Purple, green and white were the colours adopted in 1908 by the UK suffragettes (Women’s Social & Political Union) for a street march involving half a million people, and they have since become emblematic of the Australian women’s movement.

Supposedly white symbolises purity in public as well as private life, purple is for dignity and self-respect and green stands for hope and new life. 

About 30 people came along to the Purple Carrot breakfast, where Sue Lennox from OzGREEN spoke about the sustainability education projects her organisation is involved with, both in Australia and overseas.

She said this talk was her first public speaking event since the death of her husband Colin, OzGREEN cofounder, in February of last year.

A segment of her strong and eloquent speech is shown in the  video clip below, where she discusses a women’s group in India working to restore the health of the Ganges River.

Women also congregated at Cedar Bar and Kitchen for a morning tea hosted by the Bellinger Valley VIEW Club.

VIEW is a nationwide women's organisation whose name stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women.

It was established to give women a network of support, a platform to voice their views on issues of national concern and a forum in which to support the charitable work of The Smith Family, particularly its Learning for Life program with young people.

The morning tea was also attended by women from the Dorrigo Plateau VIEW Club, the Bellingen CWA and the Red Cross.

Macksville author Karly Lane, whose 12th book is being published next month, was the guest speaker.