Thinking globally, working locally
BECAUSE we live in such an interconnected world we frequently hear the phrase “think globally and work locally”.
BPW Coffs Harbour is part of a worldwide organisation with a voice at the United Nations.
The BPW International Theme 2017-2020 is to empower women to realise the UN’s sustainable development goals. These goals are a call to action by all countries to “promote prosperity while protecting the planet”. Prosperity can be pursued while addressing social needs.
At BPW’s recent National Conference we were told each country and each club should, through their projects, act upon goals relevant to their club’s local area. Having identified a need over many years for safe and affordable home ownership for local women coming into retirement with little money, BPW Coffs Harbour has begun a long-term project to assist these women to be able to afford a home. In pursuing this project, BPW Coffs Harbour is well on its way towards meeting Goal 5 (Gender Equality) and Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).
At the conference, to celebrate the fact we are an international organisation; candles were lit to recognise all the countries where BPW is established. We are heartened that, as a sign of the change that’s happening, some of the newest clubs are in Africa and the Arab states.
In alignment with Goal 3, to promote health and wellbeing, our next important local event is in recognition of the White Ribbon Campaign against domestic violence.
Next Tuesday from 5.30pm, we have asked facilitators from Warrina Domestic and Family Violence Specialists to lead us in a workshop where we explore “The Bystander Approach”. Bystanders have the power to make a difference in others’ lives. All members of our community, including our men and boys are encouraged to attend.
Tickets for this event at the Community Village are through Sticky Tickets http://stks.be/white-ribbonday-event.
Julianne McKeon, president
BPW Coffs Harbour members invite you to join us at meetings, held second Tuesday of each month. Additionally, local women, especially those new to Coffs Harbour, are invited to come to an informal coffee catch-up 10am at the Coffs Surf Club, first Monday of each month. Learn more: Facebook.com/BPWCoffsHarbour or bpw.com.au/Coffs_Harbour.