Every year on March 8 - the world pause to reflect and celebrate this day, International Women's Day (IWD), celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. First celebrated in 1908 as a day dedicated towards action oriented social change movement. This day celebrates all women and calls for better ways to allow women to thrive by addressing the barriers for contribution and participation.
Imagine how the world would be like without feminists? Yes I said the "F-word". Somehow the word "Feminism" still brings chills down the spine of some people. People associate this word with some tree-hugging hippies (Go Hippies!), man-hating type of people. However history shows us that it was the results of these brave women (Feminists) who dared to challenge the status quo and demanded that our political, social, cultural and economic structures and institutions must reflect that men and women are equal and must have the same opportunities. Yes these are feminists demands that we are still striving for. So if you believe in equality that means you are a feminist! Feminism is a word that evokes action so on this International Women's Day I call all us not to be afraid of the word "Feminist" but embody it as we strive for gender parity. Let us work together to help achieve gender parity more quickly
I would like to thank many organisations that have engaged us on some very exciting projects this year. This includes the following:
1. State Library of Queensland - Big Day of Belonging 2. Australian Red Cross- Migration Support Program - CALD Mental Health First Aid 3. Queensland Mental Health Commission 4. Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Center 5. Emily's List Queensland - Speaker Valentines Day event 6. AFL Queensland - Diversity Advisory Board 7. Global Organisation for People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) Qld - Speaker at International Womens Day Event 8. Mercy Community Services and Romero Center in partnership with State Library Queensland - Speaker at International Womens Day Event 9. Access Community Services -Speaker at International Womens Day Community Lunch 10. Zonta Club of Ipswich - Speaker
Thank you for your engagement and partnership. I look forward to continue working with you again in the future.