Sun­day saw In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day cel­e­brated


IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Women’s Day was cel­e­brated around the world on Sun­day and over the past few years it’s been pleas­ing to have wit­nessed, and par­tic­i­pate in, events com­mem­o­rat­ing In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

The el­derly, mid­dle-aged, young­mar­rieds, teens and chil­dren can all ben­e­fit from re­mem­ber­ing, in some f orm, t he strug­gle f or women’s equal­ity.

Many men played a role in achiev­ing the stan­dard of gen­der equal­ity in Australia and that, too, is worth re­mem­ber­ing.

That is not to say, how­ever, that the mission is com­plete.

One only has to read sta­tis­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion about the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in the higher ech­e­lons of big busi­ness boards, banks and multi­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions to re­alise there is still a long way to go.

Fur­ther, if we care about girls and women in coun­tries around the world we can­not fail to see, that world-wide, not all women ex­pe­ri­ence gen­der eq­uity.

In fact, this year’s theme for In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day 2015 was Em­pow­er­ing Women—Em­pow­er­ing Hu­man­ity.

It en­vi­sions a world where each girl and/or woman can ex­er­cise her choices, such as par­tic­i­pat­ing in pol­i­tics, get­ting an ed­u­ca­tion, hav­ing an in­come and the right to live in a so­ci­ety free from vi­o­lence and dis­crim­i­na­tion.

In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day also pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­flect on women’s past achieve­ments es­pe­cially in one’s lo­cal area.

In the Mans­field Botanic Park there are two pieces of art­work: one marks the con­tri­bu­tion of Mans­field’s pi­o­neer women while t he other com­mem­o­rates Mans­field women’s in­volve­ment in the First World War as nurses, doc­tors and am­bu­lance driv­ers.

This is just one lo­ca­tion or ac­tion of some ac­knowl­edge­ment of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day 2015.

Cards and posies of flow­ers have been placed at th­ese memo­ri­als by mem­bers of Mans­field Gar­den Club.

Rec­ol­lec­tion of, and re­flec­tion on, women’s past ef­forts to sup­port their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and their strug­gles for the priv­i­lege and sac­ri­fices in­volved in serv­ing their coun­try dur­ing the war of 1914-1918 in­spire to­day’s girls and young women to achieve their goals.

And, the el­derly can be glad­dened by the thought that many of us were part of by­gone determined ef­forts to im­prove hu­man­ity’s well-be­ing through striv­ing for gen­der equal­ity.

It is hoped that com­mit­tees and ex­ec­u­tives of com­mu­nity groups and/ or or­gan­i­sa­tions should en­sure that In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day 2016 will not go un­recog­nised.

At Bon­nie Doon In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day was also cel­e­brated with a lun­cheon at the com­mu­nity cen­tre.

WOMEN HON­ORED: Small memo­ri­als in re­mem­brance of great women have been placed in Mans­field’s Botanic Park.

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