International Women’s Day

Every year on 8 March we join with others around the globe to celebrate International Women’s Day. Across Ascham the day is recognised as a significant day to reflect, plan and also celebrate. This year, seven of our Year 12 girls attended the Sydney International Women’s Day Breakfast, and student Emily Heng provides her thoughts here.

‘Currently, women still earn less than men for the same amount of work and labour, and only make up 24% of parliaments across the world.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is annually and globally celebrated on 8 March. This day recognises and reflects the success and progress we as a world have made but need to keep making in order to truly achieve gender equality.

This year, Australia’s IWD theme is ‘More Powerful Together’, recognising the important role we all play – as women, men, non-binary and gender diverse people. It takes collaboration from all of us to break down stereotypes, gendered roles and create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities. Studies shows that companies, communities and societies not only benefit, but prosper, from gender equality, proving we’re more powerful when we work together. IWD invites everyone to stand in solidarity with women for the benefit of us all – creating a more prosperous, peaceful and healthier planet for everyone.

To me, IWD is important as it celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements women have made in the world today and reflects many of the Ascham School values including collaboration, community, acceptance and ambition. Being an Ascham girl, I believe it is important to showcase such triumphs in order to encourage, inspire and urge more action, especially among the younger generations, in moving forward in such an important social justice issue.

At the Breakfast we heard from the panel of many wonderful and enthusing speakers and MC Lucy Zelić: Mele Maualaivao, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Sam Mostyn, Clive Stiff, Janelle Weissman, Kathy Hirschfeld and Gladys Berejiklian. They spoke of helping women advance into positions of leadership and supporting projects and focused on women’s political participation and leadership globally.

The Breakfast was an amazing, inspirational and eye-opening experience, and we encourage everyone to get behind such empowering events.’

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