Saturday 8 March is International Women’s Day (IWD).
Millions of people around the world come together for IWD celebrating and recognising women for their achievements in the past present and future; regardless of divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political and also to fight for justice.
It is a proven fact that the advancement of women is of prime importance to economy, business and society but by having this day of celebration also allows an opportunity for all of us to come together in support of girls and women, ensuring they have rights and access to basic health and education services.
70% of the world’s poor are women. Education is one important way to empower women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to earn an income and provide for themselves and their families.
Here in Australia we can thankfully celebrate the rights women and girls are often afforded, but also must recognise that there is still a long way to go before we are all treated equally and respectfully in what are sometimes referred to as non-traditional female work roles.
St Patrick’s Technical College will celebrate International Women’s Day on the morning of Friday 7 March. Invited guest speakers will be sharing and presenting to students about their own experiences of being a woman in the workplace.
- Jesse Noort – St Pat’s Tech Automotive Class of 2009
- Ms Carmen Garcia – Principal Consultant, Advancing Adelaide
- Mrs Celina Bolding – Schools Connect Officer, UniSA
Female staff and students, along with guests from our College community will share in a morning tea celebration while listening to presenters.
St Patrick’s students have also been busy collecting and organising a fundraising raffle for the morning. They will continue to sell tickets around the College next week with it being drawn during the formalities of the morning. Money raised from the raffle will be passed on to local organisation Zonta.
Zonta is actively involved in providing both hands-on service and financial support to a number of local community organisations. In addition, it has provided financial support to a variety of international service projects organised biennially through the auspices of Zonta International. All efforts go toward the Zonta aim of improving the status of women world-wide through service and advocacy.
We extend a further invitation to any women who would like to join us for our morning celebration to please contact the College front office to help with our catering numbers.
Mrs Roanne Berekmeri