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Member organisations mark International Women's Day 2020

International Women’s Day (IWD2020) was celebrated on Sunday 8th March. Many of our member organisations marked the day with celebrations acknowledging the amazing role of women in their personal lives and in their professional work. The theme for this year’s IWD2020 was Each for Equal, promoting the role each of us have to play in supporting gender equality in society. 
At Cabrini, they celebrated all the women who contribute to making their health service what it is. With more than 3000 women working throughout its health service in various areas, they took the opportunity to recognise the excellent work they do. Focussing on the theme, Each for Equal, Cabrini interviewed its newly appointed Chief Executive Sue Williams.
In its Facebook post acknowledging International Women's Day (#IWD2020), McAuley Community Services for Women acknowledged "how far we have gone to achieve #genderequality, and recognise how far we still have to go." In its post, McAuley stated: "There is increasing public awareness around gender equality and family violence, but we are still experiencing these dire realities in Australia: On average, one woman a week is killed by a man she knows; One in six women have been physically or sexually abused before the age of 15; One in six women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a current or former partner; Family violence is the single largest cause of homelessness."
In 2018-2019 McAuley supported 1184 women and children. Only 3.4% of those coming to its crisis house to escape violence ended up being able to return home safely. "There is more to be done. McAuley is committed to continuing to advocate for, and support, women and their children to live safely on their own terms."
In marking IWD2020, CatholicCare Greater Melbourne Geelong Gippsland interviewed one of its refugee workers, Marzeyah Alikhani, to learn about her journey and determination in striving for a better life for both herself and her family. Read the interview, here

In its Facebook post on IWD2020, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand stated, "We celebrate all the women we know, love, admire and also reflect on the progress that still needs to be made towards gender equality."

"In 2020, the gender pay gap remains entrenched and there has been an alarming increase in older women's experience of poverty.  After single parent households, older women are both the poorest household type and the most likely to be dependent on income support. For older women, a lifetime of reduced financial security due to the gender pay gap, interrupted employment, little or no Superannuation and relationship breakdown is being worsened by the change in the Age Pension eligibility from 60 to 65 years and the increasing number who are reliant on the Newstart Allowance.

"Let's break the cycles of disadvantage for this generation and future generations." Read more, here

Sacred Heart Mission stands for gender equality for all. It states, "Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive. A gender equal world can be healthier, wealthier and more harmonious - so what's not great about that?" On International Women’s Day 2020, Sacred Heart Mission published this blog from Cheyne Bull, its Women’s House Coordinator, on how her team pulls together to empower women experiencing homelessness, and give them a voice." 

As part of International Women's Day celebrations, CEO of Wellsprings for Women Inc, Dalal Smiley, was invited to speak at a breakfast on 2nd March. The invitation came from the Soroptimist Melbourne group with invitees including female students from Melbourne Girls Grammar (in the photo).

Wellsprings is celebrating International Women's Day from 10 to 13 March with a barbecue lunch every day with participants in various programs. Each class will feature a participant sharing her migration story. Women will come along dressed in their national dresses if they wish to do so. It will be a true celebration of cultures, womanhood and sisterhood.

In other, related news, over 100 women and girls with disability across Australia helped to create ‘Our Place’, a new and innovative website full of important and accessible information for women and girls with disability. Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) reports that there are currently over 2 million women and girls with disability in Australia and they represent one of the most marginalised and excluded groups in the country. They experience widespread discrimination and violations of their rights and freedoms. Read more… 




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