Berry Zonta to host Shoalhaven International Women’s Day March 3

One of the guest speakers at this year's Shoalhaven International Women’s Day Breakfast will be Heather Hawkins, who survived ovarian cancer. She will talk about her courageous path to recovery where she discovered previously unknown strength and resilience.

One of the guest speakers at this year's Shoalhaven International Women’s Day Breakfast will be Heather Hawkins, who survived ovarian cancer. She will talk about her courageous path to recovery where she discovered previously unknown strength and resilience.

One hundred and twelve years ago women members of the International Garment Workers Union took to the streets in New York to demand changes to their intolerable working conditions.  And thus, the seeds were sown for International Women’s Day (IWD).

While March 8 is officially International Women’s Day, on Saturday, March 3 the Zonta Club of Berry will host the annual International Women’s Day Breakfast at the Nowra Golf Club.  

This gathering of women of all generations, and more than a few men, will celebrate the value of women in our society.  

This year’s guest speakers will share with attendees their experience of breaking through barriers to reach their potential.

Heather Hawkins survived ovarian cancer, and in her courageous path to recovery discovered previously unknown strength and resilience.  

Her goal is now to support other women in getting the most out of life and overcoming barriers.

Associate Professor Ben Thornber, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Sydney, joins with Anastasiia Volkova, a 2017 recipient of the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Award, to discuss the modern challenges in developing women leaders in science and engineering.  

Ben is also a Member of SAGE (Science in Australia Gender Equity) program.  

As the father of a four-year-old daughter, he already sees the gender stereotyping that will shape his daughter’s future, and recognises that men have a key role to play in improving equality and equity in the workplace.

The diversity of thinking women bring to all workplaces was highlighted in the acceptance speech of Australian of the Year 2018, Michelle Simmons.

With the campaign for IWD 2018 being #PushforProgress, now is the ideal time to reflect on how individuals can contribute to valuing women’s roles in all fields.

Backed by JetGo, The Silos Estate, and The Burrows of Berry, the breakfast will challenge traditional stereotypes, and provide insights into overcoming equality barriers. 

With the gender pay gap still at 15.3 per cent in Australia, there is still progress to be made.

In 2018, occupations, once considered closed to rural women, are now viable options.  

Women’s value and capabilities extend well beyond caring, teaching and administration roles, and it is important to recognise this and demonstrate leadership for ourselves, other women and future generations.

On March 3  all will reflect on progress made, call for ongoing change and celebrate acts of courage and determination of all the women who have played an extraordinary roles.

Join the International Women’s Day breakfast by booking tickets online at www.TryBooking.com/TLVQ.  Full details of the event, and group booking instructions are also accessed via this link.  

Funds raised will be used to support Zonta projects for women locally, including domestic violence, education and breast cancer support.

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