Cel­e­brate women

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Madi­son Wil­liams

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.

Pic­ture: MADI­SON WIL­LIAMS

The women from the Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre are ready to cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

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