Twilight Walk Shines A Light On Women

The twilight walkers enjoy refreshments after their walk to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The twilight walkers enjoy refreshments after their walk to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The third consecutive annual International Women’s Day Twilight Walk was held on Wednesday 8 March, along the Tin Can Bay foreshore, this year including the new boardwalk.

All thirty-two Twilight Walkers started and ended at Norman Point, gathering at the end rotunda by 6pm, departing at 6.12pm – the official sunset time for that day.

Groups of people U-turned around at different stages along the way, depending upon their fitness levels and abilities. We expected the almost full moon which was to rise at 6.46pm to give us light, but the cloud cover was too dense.

BIG thank you to Kate Gregory for buying glowsticks and Mel for ensuring we all received at least one.

“On International Women’s Day we remember that as long as one woman faces discrimination, harassment, inequality or oppression, we all do.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2023 was ‘Cracking the Code: Innovation for a gender equal future’. This theme is based on the United Nations 67th Commission on the Status of Women priority theme ‘Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls’.

The Women’s Social and Political Union in the UK started using purple, green and white to symbolise women’s equality as far back as 1908. Historically, purple was a colour that denoted justice and dignity, and now it is used to represent women. Green is a symbol of hope. Today, purple is the colour of International Women’s Day, and combined with green represents the feminist movement.” (

Lots of our participants wore purple, green or white or a combination. It was great that Jess Milne brought her daughters, Bonnie and Jackie. Maybe next year we shall number more children.

Fiona Hansen commented: ‘The Twilight Walk tonight is offering us a rare opportunity to catch-up and network with other women, whom we don’t see very often.’

Huge thanks, once again, to Tin Can Bay QCWA President Wendy Ritchie and her wonderful team of Country Women’s Association ladies providing icy cold water and cut fresh fruit for refreshments at the lighted rotunda close to the TCB Swimming Pool. Thank you Wendy, Gabriella, Jess, Judith, Vilma, and Linda M. Much appreciated.

Maggie Travers

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