I am a proud graduate of a Catholic, all-girls school. I attended St Brigid’s College in Lesmurdie in WA from Kindy to Year 12 and last year celebrated my graduating class’s 30th reunion.
I am now the proud principal of a Catholic, all-girls school. At Merici we support every student, academically, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially, in their endeavour to create a pathway where they can try, fail, learn, succeed and celebrate.
IWD (International Women’s Day) is one day in 365 that we have the opportunity to celebrate, shine, and make demands on treating all with equality. The 8th of March is International Women’s Day. I have been fortunate to attend several functions to celebrate the Campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter. I have been to the Legislative Assembly to draw attention to the need for more women in politics, today I heard about a beautiful young Australian woman with Down Syndrome who has gone on to be an international model inspiring and changing the world’s opinion on diversity and inclusion. Tonight I will hear from an ex-student and her journey in paving the life more balanced for women and tomorrow morning I have the privilege of sharing breakfast with Catholic women in Canberra to talk about how we can, as lay women in the Church, committed to the mission of Jesus Christ – bring compassion, equality and peace to a broken heart.
IWD is about all of these things. We fight and empower our young women to be a voice in our society. For them to aspire for a balanced world, which will be a better world. So let us celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. Support women at all levels.