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 Tick­ets­bon­day-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: Face­­sHar­bour or­s_Har­bour.

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