USQ takes ‘Pledge for Par­ity’

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IN 2016 the world-wide Internatio­nalWomen’s Day or­gan­i­sa­tion has called for ac­tion.

It is en­cour­ag­ing men and women to Pledge for Par­ity, and the Univer­sity of South­ern Queens­land’s (USQ) Alumni Net­work is an­swer­ing the call.

Af­ter the suc­cess of the in­au­gu­ral USQ Shine High Tea last year, the USQ Alumni Re­la­tions team is busy pre­par­ing for what is sure to be an­other mem­o­rable and in­spir­ing event.

Vice-Chan­cel­lor and Pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Jan Thomas said the sen­ti­ment be­hind the USQ Shine pro­gram was about cre­at­ing aware­ness and recog­ni­tion of what was hap­pen­ing na­tion­ally and glob­ally about this im­por­tant is­sue.

“TheWorld Eco­nomic Fo­rum has pre­dicted that, at the cur­rent rate of progress, gen­der par­ity will not be achieved un­til 2133,” Pro­fes­sor Thomas said.

“Events like the USQ Shine High Tea give lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers and busi­nesses the op­por­tu­nity to come to­gether to show their sup­port for women’s causes as well as mak­ing their pledge for change.”

On March 8 at USQ Toowoomba, the USQ Shine High Tea will fea­ture guest speaker Dr Maree Toombs, win­ner of the 2015 USQ Out­stand­ing Alum­nus of the Year and In­dige­nous Ser­vice awards, fund-rais­ing raf­fles, and a mod­ern high tea menu.

The win­ners of two $700 USQ Shine bur­saries will be also be an­nounced at the event, mak­ing it a true cel­e­bra­tion of the achieve­ments of USQ fe­male grad­u­ates.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SHIN­ING BRIGHT: The 2015 in­au­gu­ral USQ Shine bur­sary win­ners Ste­fanie Ben­itez (left) and Lau­ryn Gir­genti had a won­der­ful time at last year’s high tea.

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