By Tanya Rae
Spoken word poet Emilie Zoey Baker featured as a special guest on Australia’s favourite national youth broadcaster as part of triple j’s Girls to the Front show, in celebration of International Women’s Day.
As a spoken word artist, Baker was the winner of the 2006 Nimbin World performance poetry cup and the winner of the Melbourne Writer’s Festival Team Slam. She’s also poems for TED x Melbourne and her first ever video poem Dear All The Women Who Ever Existed Over The Entire Span Of Human History, has received over eleven thousand views on YouTube. Everyone who was ever brought into this world by a woman needs to watch this video. It's raw, honest and utterly phenomenal. Check it out below:
The poem features violinist The Man Who Wasn’t There (Andrew Watson) and is available for purchase on Bandcamp. All the proceeds go towards ASTI: Acid Survivors Trust International, on organisation whose sole purpose is to work towards ending violent acid attacks around the world. They currently have partner organisations in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan, Nepal, Uganda and India.
Global music community Sofar Sounds also held a special show on Sunday night in support of International Women’s Day. Over 30 cities around the world teamed up to celebrate an all-female line up, with the Aussie edition featuring musicians (and beat-boxers) Gordi, Vanessa Caspersz & Gaia Scarf, Eleanor Dunlop and Aphrodite.
Co-lead by Therese Watson, the event also managed to raise $560 for their global charity partner Women for Women International, an organisation that works with women in countries affected by conflict and war. Since their birth in 1993, Women for Women International have served close to 420,000 women in up to eight countries; Afghanistan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan.
To become a sponsor, donate or learn about the organisation, check out http://www.womenforwomen.org