Senator Wong speaks at International Women's Day Breakfast

LEADING LADIES: Victor Harbor High School assistant principal Lindsey Cowper with year 12 student Rhiannon Bheaton at the International Women's Day breakfast.
LEADING LADIES: Victor Harbor High School assistant principal Lindsey Cowper with year 12 student Rhiannon Bheaton at the International Women's Day breakfast.

The Southern Fleurieu Women’s Network and the Zonta Club of Fleurieu Peninsula Network jointly organised an International Women’s Day Breakfast on Saturday, March 3 at Hotel Victor.

The sell-out event, held in anticipation of International Women’s Day on March 8, celebrates the achievements of women worldwide every year.

Guests were welcomed by City of Victor Harbor Councillor Moira Jenkins from the Southern Fleurieu Women’s Network.

Guest speaker, Senator Penny Wong was introduced by the Fleurieu Peninsula Zonta Club President Glenys Brown.

Senator Wong addressed 200 women and men in her talk about “Inspiring and Empowering Women.”

Throughout her presentation, Ms Wong spoke about the importance of values and referred to Dame Roma Mitchell, one of the early inspirational women in the professions.

Those values included compassion, care, equity and inclusion, with each person having dignity and value.

In speaking of obstacles in the way of equity and equality for women, Ms Wong said: “we have mostly achieved formal equality, but genuine equality requires a change to attitudes, norms and unspoken equality.”

We have mostly achieved formal equality, but genuine equality requires a change to attitudes, norms and unspoken equality.

Senator Penny Wong

Ms Wong also said the empowerment of women can be achieved through education.

In particular, Ms Wong referred to the current inequity between women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) occupations, and the need for girls to be encouraged to study these subjects.

The Southern Fleurieu Womens’ Network’s Carolyn Matthews thanked Senator Wong and made a presentation to her.

Following breakfast, Anita Williss from the Zonta Club, announced the money raised would go towards a program for girls at Victor Harbor High School.

Victor Harbor High School Assistant Principal Lindsey Cowper spoke about the program, which will support Year 12 girls to learn skills in wellbeing and stress management.

The program aims to help young women achieve in this important year in their education.