NSW Women’s Week starts on Monday 2 March, culminating with International Women’s Day Sunday 8 March.
The International Women's Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual, reminding us all that we’re responsible for our own actions and thoughts – each and every day.
Local Facilitator of Buninyong School as Community Centre, Lorna Brennan, said “International Women’s Day is a reminder that gender equality isn’t just a women’s issue, it’s everyone’s responsibility”.
“Being more aware of how we talk and act can have a huge positive impact, especially on the young girls and boys who will be our future leaders. When our communities, organisations and businesses are gender-equal, we are all healthier, wealthier, and happier”.
Celebrated around the world, International Women’s Day is just as relevant in our local communities. In Dubbo, Western NSW Local Health District Women’s Health along with Mission Australia, Connecting Community Services (formerly Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre), Dubbo West School as Community Centre, Uniting, and Live Better are supporting Buninyong Schools as Community Centre to host an event to recognise and celebrate women. As International Women’s Day falls on a weekend, the event at Buninyong School Hall will be held on Wednesday 4 March, from 10:30 am, with a light lunch to follow.
The event will have guest speakers, including local volunteering hero Jen Cowley OAM, a presentation by the Buninyong year 6 girls, and other activities. This is an opportunity to meet new people and network, and chat about how the small actions they take can make a positive difference to the lives of women and girls everywhere.
Western NSW Local Health District, Women’s Health Nurse, Joanne Phillips wants to encourage women to be empowered to put their health first. “Despite the challenges we’re experiencing with drought, women in our communities are strong and resilient. But often are so busy caring for their loved ones that they forget they are a priority as well”. Joanne said.
“Women’s Week and International Women’s Day is a fantastic reminder to take the time to do something to look after their own health and wellbeing”.
“Your GP is the best point of contact, and booking in for a general health check-up is a great place to start. Women’s Health Nurses are also available to help you take care of yourself so you can care for the ones you love”. Joanne concluded.
If your last Pap test was more than two years ago, or if you’ve never been screened, you should book a Cervical Screening Test with your local Women’s Health Nurse or GP.