Women’s Day celebrations
High teas, sumptuous dinners and school presentations were some of the ways Pilbara groups acknowledged International Women’s Day last Wednesday.
Soroptimists International Karratha and Districts hold an International Women’s Day event every year, and last week’s celebration included a high tea and poetry sharing at Welcome Lotteries House.
President Glen Slee said the day was an ideal opportunity for women to connect over their shared experiences.
“It is a time to celebrate our differences and our similarities,” she said.
“Not necessarily even to discuss things, just to get to know each other and break down barriers and preconceived ideas and just to recognise that we’re different but we’ve all got so much in common.”
Mrs Slee said the group had wanted this year’s event to be a light-hearted and creative affair.
“We wanted something more light-heated because particularly last year . . . there was a lot of stress and tension in the community, and we wanted to do something that was a total contrast to that and was just light-hearted and about friendship, fellowship and fun.”
St Luke’s College hosted its first International Women’s Day event on Wednesday, which included a lunchtime presentation by two guest speakers to a crowd of about 70 female students. Kuruma Marthudunera Aboriginal Corporation director Josie Alec and Nickol Bay emergency department’s Dr Paula Straatsma spoke about their experiences pursuing their goals and overcoming struggles along the way.
St Luke’s head girl and event organiser Maddison Wilson, 17, said she wanted to hold a women’s day presentation to inspire female students.
“The girls at St Luke’s might want some empowerment and I know there are lots of girls and women in our community who are doing amazing things,” she said.
“Sometimes in Karratha you feel like it’s the men who are doing everything. I hope it will inspire girls to pursue their dreams.”
Maddison said organisers had tried to find speakers from different fields so all guests had someone to relate to.
A women’s day dinner with the theme “be bold for change” was held at Paraburdoo Inn on Saturday.
Some 90 guests dressed to impress in cocktail attire and enjoyed a two-course dinner while hearing from guest speakers play therapist Sam Casey, and fitness instructor Katie Patton, and acknowledging Tania Johnson and Tracey Breen for long-term contributions to the Paraburdoo community. Event co-ordinator Anna Oakley said this was the third year Karingal Neighbourhood Centre had held a dinner celebrating the achievements of local women.
“The event is essentially about inspiring and empowering local women to do their best and be their best,” she said.
“We’ve got some motivational speakers, some inspiring stories, and we’ve got a slide show showing all the fantastic women that contribute to Paraburdoo, and it really shows that women are the backbone of Paraburdoo.
“They really contribute to the wellbeing of the town for sure.”
Soroptimists International Karratha and Districts committee members and guests gathered to celebrate International Women's Day on Wednesday.