International Women’s Day Assembly #beboldforchange
International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, action and recognising the inspiring role of women in our lives and in our own way. On Wednesday, March 8 at our assembly the Bethlehem College community honoured the aims of the day.
A number of inspiring guest speakers including: Sr Ivy Khoury, (Franciscan Sister for Caritas in Mozambique), Ms Rachel Neeson (Ex-student of Bethlehem and Architect of our College building program) and Nichole Taoum (College Vice President) were invited to speak around the theme for 2017 International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange. The theme called on all of us “to help forge a better working world— a more inclusive, gender equal world.”
Our guest speakers talked about the history of International Women’s Day, how it is celebrated around the world, the ongoing fight for equality of women from around the globe and the significance of the International Women’s Day logo and colour. College staff and students wore purple ribbons on the day as a reminder of the inequalities that exist both in Australia and around the world for women and girls.
“In spite of more than two centuries of endeavour, women are still to realise the goal of equality even in western cultures like Australia. It may seem that the goal is close for women like us because we have achieved a recognition of gender equality, we have an equal right to vote and we are at least closing the gap with equal pay. Your generation, unlike your grandmothers, have equal opportunities in education. But there is much yet to be done, even in Australia.
We also need to be aware in this Catholic community of those who are much less privileged than we are. There are women in the world who are denied the right to control their bodies, to be given the same status as men, to be accorded any type of economic independence, to have any standing before a court of law or to be offered the right of education”.