By Rachel Bloom
For members of the Dal-King’s Oxfam society, spoken word poetry is the best way of expressing their feelings about women’s rights and issues.
The society hosted a spoken word event for International Women’s Day last Thursday to celebrate women and gender justice.
Dana Lipnicki, co-president of the Dal-King’s Oxfam Society, says this year’s event is especially important because of the recent cases in the media, such as the Shafia honour killings and the recent coverage of sexual assault seen in the Dalhousie Gazette.
“I think it’s a really good medium to get across the message about women’s issues and it really creates an environment of community, solidarity and just a general togetherness,” says Lipnicki.
Lipnicki says she was inspired by previous spoken word performances, especially the ones held for last year’s International Women’s Day.
The event, which included an open mic portion, additionally featured performances by El Jones, Shauna Doll, Miss Meliss, Anna Vido and Jake McClosky. Performers shared music or poetry that, for them, spoke to what it means to be a woman.
International Women’s Day
The Bus Stop Theatre, which housed the event, was decorated specifically for International Women’s Day with chalk drawings from the audience and pieces of paper lining the walls answering questions such as, “Which women inspire you?”
“We wanted something that was a little bit bigger than last year,” says Lipnicki, who considers the Bus Stop Theatre to be an upgrade from last year’s venue, the Grad House.