Cel­e­brat­ing wom­an­hood

Whitsunday Times - - FEATURE | WOMEN IN BUSINESS -

THIS Sun­day, March 8, marks the world-wide cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

In a world where women work, vote, take on the world while still hav­ing a fam­ily (or choos­ing not to), some ar­gue that a day ac­knowl­edg­ing wom­an­hood ac­tu­ally pro­motes in­equal­ity (even though there is an In­ter­na­tional Men’s Day in Novem­ber).

How­ever In­ter­na­tional Women's Day isn't just about giv­ing a flower to a woman you ap­pre­ci­ate and telling her she's great.

This Sun­day is a sym­bol of the strug­gles that women around the world have un­der­gone to gain equal­ity and rights.

It is a time to re­flect on the work that re­mains and re­mem­ber the many women around the world whose voices go un­heard and con­tinue to be ex­cluded from re­al­is­ing their full po­ten­tial.

The Zonta Club of the Whit­sun­days sup­ports the suc­cess of lo­cal women and is ded­i­cated to wom­an­hood 365 days of the year and not just one.

They are a lo­cal group of women, part of a world­wide or­gan­i­sa­tion that strives to im­prove the pro­fes­sional, eco­nomic, legal, po­lit­i­cal, ed­u­ca­tional and health sta­tus of women at a lo­cal and global level through ser­vice and ad­vo­cacy.

Zon­tar­ian Cath Fern­bach said In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day is still a prom­i­nent part of to­day’s so­ci­ety and widely ac­knowl­edged in the Whit­sun­days.

The club are con­stantly work­ing on lo­cal and global projects from pro­vid­ing schol­ar­ships to as­sist with young women with study to mak­ing birthing kits that are de­liv­ered to places such as Pa­pua New Guinea and much more.

If you are a woman and want to do your part, find out more in­for­ma­tion at www.zon­tadis­trict22.org/dis­trict-22-clubs/zonta-club-ofthe-whit­sun­days-inc/

CHANG­ING THE WORLD: Last year Zon­tar­i­ans sup­ported teenager Xin Yan Dun­lop's costs for study in 2015. Pic­tured are Laura Mor­ri­son, Kerry Adam, Xin Yan Dun­lop and her men­tor Suzi Han­cock-Ja­necki.

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