March 8 is International Women's Day (IWD) — an opportunity to recognise and appreciate women's achievements. It's also an annual reminder to celebrate how far we've come and reflect on how far we still have to go.
Australia's theme for IWD 2019 is 'More powerful together', recognising the important role everyone plays in breaking down stereotypes and collaborating to make sure women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities.
Events celebrating International Women's Day in Western Australia include the IWD Forum talk by Roots TV on Friday 8 March and the Organisation of African Community Inc's IWD Gala on Saturday 9 March.
A few prominent Western Australians from CaLD backgrounds share their thoughts on what IWD means to them.
Youth Ambassador Bella Ndayikeze—"International Women's Day is a significant event for me, it's about empowerment and recognising the importance women play in society, particularly our mothers.
It's a day to reflect and appreciate growth, and to be in the presence of a powerful future for all women all around the world."
Speaker, author and MC Mary Chetcuti—"Women are the backbone of society and an integral part of all industries, be it medicine, politics or construction. IWD highlights our amazing contributions as we strive ever forward as equals in all we do!"
Manager, Inclusion and Diversity at UWA Fadzi Whande—"IWD allows us an opportunity to track our progress and celebrate the significant gains made globally in addressing gender disparities. Today reminds us that our unified voices, when blended are a chorus that has a distinct sound that echoes throughout the world. A sound that is no longer silent but alert to the joy and pain women carry.
As I reflect on what International Women's Day means for me, I am energised, driven, comforted, awakened and reminded that I stand on the shoulders of an army of women warriors, who paved the way. They chose to stand up and speak up and you and I are here today because they chose not to give up."
The Office of Multicultural Interests works to ensure that the needs of CaLD women are addressed as a priority group under its strategy to ensure that everyone has equitable access to government and non-government services in the areas of language, settlement, health and employment.