International Women’s Day

Every year we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) at Ascham and this year the celebrations extended over several days.

Year 11 student Amelie Widin-Williams wrote a terrific report for the students and staff at Ascham about the IWD lunch she attended with six of her peers and our Deputy Head of School Mrs Drever.

‘On Friday 5 March, we, seven Year 11 students, attended the UN International Women’s Day Lunch. We travelled to the International Convention Centre Sydney, where we sat in the Grand Ballroom alongside 1,100 people.

We heard from several incredibly powerful speakers, including Australian of the Year Grace Tame, award-winning speaker, writer and youth advocate Yasmin Poole, and Elizabeth Broderick AO who is Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls. Grace Tame spoke about her experiences with sexual assault as a high school student in Hobart and the deep-set issues allowing the culture of sexual violence to cultivate in Australia, Yasmin talked about the inextricability of several social issues, specifically racism as she experienced growing up and Elizabeth taught our congregation about the role that UN Women plays and will play in achieving gender equality, and their current expeditions in the Pacific Islands.

If you have not already heard about these women, we strongly suggest that you investigate their causes further as they are beautifully motivational and impossibly important. Grace Tame’s Australian of the Year Award Speech is especially moving, as she discusses her experience as a child sexual assault victim at the hands of her maths teacher.

On International Women’s Day, 8 March, UN Women launched their newest campaign When Will She Be Right? Currently, gender equality will be achieved in 100 years. UN Women is making it 10. This is an incredibly difficult task, but we give them our full support and appreciation for the work that they do.

Our role now is to recognize, destigmatise, and discuss the issues still prominent today surrounding women and their role in society.’

If you or anyone you know is/has experienced sexual assault you are urged to call 1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732 or go to their website at

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