In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day event planned for next month

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WOMEN who have been duped or forced into the sex trade in Aus­tralia will be one of the topics dis­cussed at the In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day brunch to be held at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel on March 9.

This is the 14th an­nual In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day event hosted by the Zonta Club of the Whit­sun­days in sup­port of the Zonta Says No cam­paign.

Hu­man rights ad­vo­cate Donna Bright will be pre­sent­ing a speech on hu­man traf­fick­ing and mod­ern day slav­ery

The pre­sen­ta­tion is a re­flec­tion of Ms Bright’s work sup­port­ing girls who have ended up as vic­tims of the sex trade in Aus­tralia.

She will give anal­y­sis on how this oc­curs and her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences look­ing af­ter some of these young women who have sought free­dom in Aus­tralia.

Proser­pine Hospi­tal mid­wife Lyn Brett will also be pre­sent­ing a talk on her ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing as a mid­wife in Cam­bo­dia.

She will dis­cuss how fam­i­lies are pres­sured into sell­ing their chil­dren and how her mid­wifery prac­tice has changed as a re­sult.

Event or­gan­iser Pam Har­ri­son said all in at­ten­dance were en­cour­aged to wear some­thing or­ange on the day in sup­port of the Zonta Says No cam­paign. “The brunch is go­ing to be scrump­tious and you get your first glass of cham­pagne free at the door,” she said. “We have live en­ter­tain­ment, lucky door prizes, raf­fles and a fab­u­lous silent auc­tion planned with a huge ar­ray of prizes to bid on.”

Prof­its from the event will be do­nated to the Proser­pine Hospi­tal and Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling.

Tick­ets are avail­able on the door or pre­sale at www.whit­sun­dayt­ick­­icket.

WOMEN'S DAY: Zonta Club of the Whit­sun­days mem­bers Sandii Hansen and Pam Har­ri­son will be cel­e­brat­ing the In­ter­na­tional Women's Day Brunch at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel on Sun­day, March 9.

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