International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.
IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. The 2023 theme for International Women’s Day is Embrace Equity. Equity isn't just a nice-to-have, it's a must-have.””
And it's critical to understand the difference between equity and equality. The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren't enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.
In Mandurah, Soroptomists International hosted a lunch with three local heroes, sharing their stories and how they relate to the theme: "Innovation for Gender Equality in the Future".
Jessica Vati - Co-Ord Youth Support Worker of Street Net, Robyn Clarke, MLA - Member for Murray Wellington and our Business Development Manager, Eleanor Britton presented at the International Women’s Day lunch. They spoke about their passions, and how their journeys have brought them to this point in their careers and life.
Eleanor Britton is a local legend of Mandurah as recognised by the City of Mandurah in 2019 for her unwavering passion and dedication to improving health services for the youth in our region through the development of the Peel Health Hub.
Officially opening its doors on the 12th December 2018 approximately 5000 young people passed through the Peel Youth Hub's door in the first 18 months.
Her passion behind the development of the Health Hub Model of Care was around supporting people’s health and the importance of a coordinated approach around mental health. She also spoke of the vision for Peel Health Hub 2.0 to expand existing services and bring new services to the Peel region. “Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Together we can, together we must.” Councillor Amber Kearns, City of Mandurah.