THE day that celebrates, empowers and praises women is fast approaching and Sheila Pitman is busy at work making sure everything is just right for the International Women’s Day lunch.
The women of the Douglas Shire put aside their differences on March 11 and come together to empower each other at a lunch, hosted by Salsa Bar and Grill.
International Women’s Day is viewed in different ways by many different people and groups all around the world, it can be used as a political message, or a day to celebrate women.
One thing all supporters agree on is the central message of gender parity, this year using it as the forefront of the campaign, Pledge for Parity.
“Our theme this year, Pledge for Parity, is a good description of what women are striving to do still, we’re doing something for women of the world,” said Mrs Pitman.
The day operates on the belief that progress for gender parity has slowed in many pla- ces across the world.
“In Australia we’re lucky but we’re doing something for women of the world,” said Mrs Pitman.
“To get the recognition that women deserve.”
Cathie Jones, founder of Calypso Reef Charters and Helen De Ross, president of Chamber of Commerce will be guest speakers at the function.
The two women, who occupy powerful positions in the community, will share their journey and field questions.
“Cathie has a really interesting story to tell about her struggle to end up where they are,” said Mrs Pitman.
“Helen De Ross is another woman who is making herself known around the place, she’s got herself into everything and is doing wonderful things.”
Tickets can be purchased for $65 at the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre, proceeds go towards assisting the centre provide services to the community.
The women from the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre are ready to celebrate International Women’s Day.