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Join in the various events in Queensland for Womens Week
It's a long time since women obtained the right to vote in 1905 in Queensland yet the recent movie Suffragette has brought education to many younger people about the struggle women endured in days gone by when they didn't have a say in society. Today it is common to see women handling the top jobs like CEO's, Premiers, Prime Ministers etc. while still maintaining a happy household and parenthood.
Commencing Monday 7th March through to Sunday 13th March, Queensland is celebrating International Women's Day with a week-long state-wide program of events. This event is called Queensland Women's Week and will recognise the achievements women have made throughout the state, not only in the city but in rural areas and remote communities as well. The Queensland Government are working alongside YWCA Queensland to recognise the achievements of all Queensland women.
The YWCA movement began in England in 1855 during the time of the Industrial Revolution and the Crimean War. It was founded by social activist Lady Mary Jane Kinnaird. Today in Queensland, YWCA is a non-profit organisation supporting women in providing opportunities to develop as leaders in their communities.
Photo Courtesy of YWCA Wikipedia, Neysa MOran McMein American Treasurers of the Library of Congress)
The International Women's Day is held globally on 8 March each year and this event will also be a highlight of Queensland Women's Week.
Although the official celebrations are due to commence on Monday 7th March, individual groups have been celebrating since the first of March with a list located on their website. Some events are free and some charge a small entry fee. Following are some of the events included in the programme.
March 7 - Invigorate 2016 is being held at the River Arts Centre in Townsville providing 15 creative classes for women which will include dance, drama, photography, visual arts, yoga, etc. Participants will improve their self-confidence, broaden their mental and physical awareness.
March 7 – 11 - Hope, Empowerment, Respect, Good for Her presentations will be conducted throughout the Logan Shire. Activities will include guest speakers, meditations, art workshops etc. and all are free.
March 8 at the Mount Isa Civic Centre a free film will be screened "I am a Girl" and is all about the celebration of women in Mount Isa.
You may even know of more events through your local paper, however if your interest lies in learning more about the women were who made a mark on the development of their place in Australian history, please click on this link.