Preparations are progressing for the 2020 Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Festival in March.
This year's festival, which has the theme 'Her Vision; Celebrating different perspectives for the next decade', will be held at the Nowra Showground on Thursday, March 19.
It is the eighth time the festival has been staged, with the seven-hour event, from noon to 7pm, being held in and around the showground pavilion, committee room and precinct.
The festival will feature presenters and keynote speakers sharing their perspective on what it means to them to be a woman in 2020 and beyond.
A special guest performer will also be unveiled in coming weeks, while a host of events and performances are scheduled including the women's choir, drumming, Tai Chi as well as a host of information and market stalls and a wide variety of locally produced food outlets.
The Women's Wellness Festival has been initiated by local women and community-based organisations who are concerned about the high number of Shoalhaven women who experience a range of health conditions such as poor heart health, diabetes and fall-related injuries.
Organising this year's event are representatives from Wellways, Red Cross, TAFE NSW, Waminda, Flourish, Shoalhaven Women's Health Centre, NSW Health, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Services.
Organising committee member Kelly Watson said this year's theme would focus on the different perspectives women contribute to our communities.
"The festival's primary focus will be on the health and well-being of women and how families and communities can support all women to be well with a specific focus on health and wellbeing of Aboriginal women," she said.
"The event is also designed to raise the profile of the Shoalhaven and demystify stigmas in relation to the socio-economic profile in the community.
"Stalls are being asked to reflect the theme in their set up."
The Women's Wellness Festival embodies the fact that as custodians of family health, women play a critical role in maintaining the health and wellbeing of their communities (United Nations 2005).
The event is free, with women, their families and friends, invited to come along and enjoy the variety of entertainment, performances, workshops, information sharing and lots of free stuff on the day to raise awareness and promote positive health messages.
This festival will also provide a great opportunity for women to connect with local community organisations who appreciate what it means to be a woman in the 21st century.
"Regardless of the weather the event will go ahead. There will be plenty of inside events and a large marque area with a stage will also be on-site," Ms Watson said.
It's still not too late to be involved with this year's festival with registrations still being taken for community groups or organisations.
An information session, promoting the festival, will be held in Jellybean Park in the Nowra CBD on March 12.
For further information contact Kelly Watson at Wellways on 0427 191857.