Issue 2
Monday, 13 March 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sally Sievers, CDU Larrakia Academic in Residence Bilawara Lee, Red Cross Volunteering Development Advisor Andrea Lee and Northern Institute Acting Director Lisa McManus
NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sally Sievers, CDU Larrakia Academic in Residence Bilawara Lee, Red Cross Volunteering Development Advisor Andrea Lee and Northern Institute Acting Director Lisa McManus

Event celebrates bold, brave women

By Leane Miles

Some of the Northern Territory’s most prominent women took to the stage during International Women’s Day 2017 at Charles Darwin University to talk about gender equality and change.

At the event themed #BeBoldForChange and hosted by the Northern Institute, people were asked to act to help drive change for women, forging a better working environment and a more gender-inclusive world.

NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sally Sievers spoke about the need to continue striving for a gender-equal society as the way to combat domestic and family violence.

“Gender inequality is the underlying cause of domestic violence; by working to address gender equality we can combat and prevent domestic violence,” Ms Sievers said.

She said women had influence in the workplace and could set an example for others by supporting a flexible and supportive work environment.

“I’ve benefited from flexible workplace arrangements and sponsorship that are both well researched ways to progress gender equity in the workplace,” she said. “We should all ask ourselves what we can do in our workplace to create gender equality so that women have jobs, stay in those jobs and have opportunities for promotion.”

Volunteering Development Advisor Andrea Lee reflected on how change has impacted her in both her professional and personal lives.

She also spoke about the unity and solidarity that International Women’s Day represented with both men and women coming together to create change and celebrate the work of women in the community.

“The Red Cross was formed 150 years ago during a bloody war where hundreds of local women were called to volunteer and help thousands of soldiers after the Battle of Solferino in Northern Italy,” she said.

“This is an example of where, by coming together, we can make enduring change.”

This is the seventh year the Northern Institute has held an event celebrating International Women's Day, raising more than $1500 for charity. This year the gold coin donation was donated to the Red Cross.