Quebec City gathering combines art and conversation for International Women's Day


Quebec City gathering combines art and conversation for International Women's Day

No snowstorm could prevent six brave women and two children from getting together to celebrate International Women`s day on Saturday, March 8 at Cegep Champlain-St. Lawrence. International Women`s Day was started in 1911 by Clara Zetkin a German socialist politician and women`s rights activist.

We began our modest celebration by plugging in the kettle and the coffee pot. Later we cut a special German cake to celebrate.

The theme of this year's celebration was sharing. We invited participants to bring something to share, be it food, a skill or information.

We began to create books - sewing covers made of delicious handcrafted art paper to pages with colourful thread. We helped each other figure it out, together.

As we created, we talked. We dreamed; we shared our concerns.  We asked and offered answers to the question of what life would be like in an ideal world.

Each person's answer led to conversation - off the beaten track we went, then back - full circle. Below are some of the ways in which we completed the sentence:

In an ideal world ...

 women would rule.

 women would work even harder at being peacemakers.

mothers and their children would spend more time together.

there would be more child/family-friendly jobs.

people would do art together.

there would be a lot of recycling.

dads would work and play more with their children.

women would have their own names.

We had coffee, tea, cake and chocolate. Then we packed up and prepared to face the beginning snowstorm. We thanked each other for having been present, having shared. We took home something concrete. And we'll be back next year, to dream and create, together, again.

This text was woven together by IWD celebration participants.