United we stand — Albany Soroptimists’ call to meet on the bridge for International Women’s Day

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Soroptimist Club of Albany is meeting for International Women’s Day.
Camera IconSoroptimist Club of Albany is meeting for International Women’s Day. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The Albany community is invited to take a stand for equality this International Women’s Day by gathering on the Albany footbridge in a show of peace on Monday.

Soroptimist International Albany will host its annual Join Me on the Bridge event on March 8, inviting people to come together on the bridge near Stirling Terrace.

The campaign, honoured by Soroptimist International groups across the country, started globally in 2010, as a tribute to women from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo who on opposite sides of war, came together on a bridge connecting their countries.

Soroptimist International Albany president Bronwyn Lyons said to mark the event in Albany, people would meet on the bridge and join in song, including a rendition of Helen Reddy’s feminist anthem I am Woman.

Albany Soroptimists are meeting on the bridge for International Women's Day.
Camera IconAlbany Soroptimists are meeting on the bridge for International Women's Day. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

“A group of women on each side, decided in the interests of peace and moving forward together, they would meet on the bridge,” Ms Lyons said.

“It is really about reminding people that despite all the differences and troubles, that we really do need to work together to move forward.”

Soroptimist International Albany’s Carol Thomas said the event was an opportunity for people to introduce themselves to someone new and connect with their community.

“This year, we are going to be talking to people about peace initiatives and asking people to think of particular peace initiatives that they already do or might want to start doing,” she said.

“It could be something as simple as saying hello to somebody in the street that you don’t know as you are walking past.”

People can gather at 11.30am for a noon start.

For details, call Carol Thomas on 0427 411 750.

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