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All About Women

Venue: Various Venues
Presented by: Sydney Opera House

All About Women is a flagship festival for the Ideas at the House program that celebrates ideas that matter to women and inspiring stories from local and international voices.


All About Women celebrated its second year on March 30 as part of the year-round Ideas at the House program of the Sydney Opera House, featuring 12 talks, 2 films and much more.

The festival was buzzing with local and international speakers engaging festival goers in topical issues ranging from fashion and sex through to parenting in the 21st century and human rights.

We held our very first clothes swap and ‘Dress for Success’ clothes donation in support of Lucy Siegle’s discussion on the impact of fashion on the environment. It was great to see so many of us being generous and seizing the chance to update our wardrobe with a clear conscience on the day.

Festival highlights included
- Egyptian/American journalist and commentator, Mona Eltahawy gave an honest and rousing talk as she examined the state of Egypt today.
- Somalian human rights advocate and founder of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre in Mogadishu, Ilwad Elman inspired us and shared some eye opening insights on the challenges of rebuilding Somalia.
- Best-selling author of All Joy & No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, Jennifer Senior reassured anxious parents on the pressures of bringing up children today.
- Daniel Bergner(What Do Women Want?) debunked the myth and built a strong case against the preconceptions that women’s sexual desire was less than men.

Popular ‘How to’ sessions were back again this year and Annabel Crabb and Ann Sherry addressed that all-consuming feeling of FOMO and discussed how to stop the overload with a very appreciative audience.

Missed out on talks (or just want to re-live them)? They’re available on the Ideas at the House YouTube Channel.

The All About Women festival will return in 2015 on 8 March and coincide with the 40th anniversary of International Women's Day. Stay tuned for more details to come.

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Photo credit: Prudence Upton

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