Every woman?s day
By EMMA CORNFORD
WOMEN around the Clarence Valley yesterday marked International Women's Day yesterday by taking part in activities ranging from tile making to reminiscing about their place in history.
At the Iluka Community Hall, 55 women listened to guest speakers talk about the changing role of women in the community ? from the challenges of finding water and coping with loneliness to the experience of travelling two hours by punt to Maclean to give birth.
Kay Jeffery, MC for the gathering, said it was a good time for everyone to learn about the past.
"It was a wonderfully fun morning and a wonderful way to celebrate Women's Day," she said.
"We had a laugh and heard some really funny stories as well as how hard it was for a lot of women in the old days. We have to make an effort to keep stories like that."
In South Grafton, women gathered at Camellia Cottage for an afternoon of women's celebrations.
Clay tiles were decorated and faces painted during the celebrations, as the eclectic sounds of La Bia La Zuli filled the air and women feasted on bush tucker including kangaroo curry and pippi casserole.
Organiser Denise Deane said the theme of the day was freedom.
"They've had celebrations here for a few years ? it's an ongoing tradition," she said. "People in South Grafton are generally really supportive of things like this."
At Glenreagh there were demonstrations of crafts including haberdashery and patchwork, while in Grafton there was a Women's Day breakfast at the Grafton Community and Function Centre.
In Maclean there was a novel take on the traditional 'bring a plate' theme by the CWA and Women's Resource Centre.
Women were asked to bring a plate of goodies and join in a shared luncheon ? but also bring the recipe.
The recipes will later be made into a booklet for distribution.