Celebrating the women of our area and our community this International Women's Day.
International Women's Day is an opportunity for me to acknowledge and celebrate the incredible work and advocacy of the women in our local area.
It's also a time to also a time to very seriously to reflect on what still has to be done to achieve equal rights for women in Australia and around the world.
There’s a whole system of structural issues that must be addressed, from funding of women’s services, the unacceptable and unchanged rates of violence against women, the issue of underrepresentation of women on boards and in leadership positions, to low numbers of women in politics, the portrayal of women in the media and the inequitable pay gap.
This year I began the day at the Local Woman of the Year Awards. It was wonderful to see our award go to Aunty Kathy Farrawell, a tireless creative and nurturing force in the Glebe community and all across Sydney. It was also fantastic to meet the other local heroes from across the State and hear their stories.
This week I also visited Aunty Kathy in the beautiful space at Glebe Treehouse and met some of the other wonderful people she works with, providing a safe and caring space to children from our local area.
I was delighted to attend the Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre Twilight Supper, featuring inspirational talks by Bronwyn Bancroft, local artist and activist, Anita Vitanova, founder of Inner West Mums, and the amazing Alessandra Kitinas, a phenomenal young entrepreneur, all ably introduced by the irrepressible Julie McCrossin.