This year’s International Women’s Day them is encouraging us all to ‘choose to challenge’ the barriers faced by women in all parts of society.
Around the world, International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8.
We are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions, and choosing to create a more gender equal world is no different.
Lorna Brennan, Local Facilitator of Buninyong Schools as Community Centre, said ‘COVID-19 has showed us how important women and the many roles they play are to everyone’.
COVID-19 and drought have had significant impacts on us all. For many women it has meant an increase to the amount of unpaid work they already do. Women are more likely to be in casual or temporary work, or industries that have been affected by shutdowns.
Lorna said, ‘The work women do at home, at work, and in the community is often not recognised. This year’s theme ‘choose to challenge’ encourages us to think and work to dismantle the barriers that contribute to gender inequality’.
The recovery following COVID-19 relies on the work women do at home, in the workplace, and in our communities.
Western NSW Local Health District Women’s Health Nurse, Joanne Philips said, ‘International Women’s Day is a reminder that as long as one woman or girl faces discrimination, harassment, or inequality, we all do’.
The Dubbo International Women’s Day Committee is inviting businesses in Dubbo to show their commitment to gender equality. Attending or hosting an event, window displays, and using #choosetochallenge on social media are some of the ways people and businesses can get involved.
In Dubbo, local community organisations are grouping together to host a morning tea at the Church Street Rotunda. Representatives from local community organisations, including Connecting Community Services, Orana Support Service Buninyong & Dubbo West Schools as Communities Centre, Uniting, Mission Australia and Wilay Café and Western NSW Local Health District will be there on the day.
Joanne Philips said, ‘the morning tea is an excellent opportunity to bring friends and meet new people who share the same goal of equality for women. Social connection is such an important part of health and wellbeing.’
The event runs from 10am to midday, and is an opportunity for women and anyone interested to network over a free morning tea. COVID safety measures will be in place, and anyone experiencing a fever or who is unwell should stay home.
Dubbo Community Agencies International Women’s Day
Monday 8 March 2021
10:00am to 12:00pm
Church Street Rotunda, Dubbo