February 15, 2020

Students attended events in Week 6 to mark International Women’s Day as well as staging a demonstration of support for the day and the theme of #EachforEqual.

The School Captain and Vice Captain, accompanied Mrs Dickinson to the Catholic Schools NSW International Women’s Day Breakfast attended by a number of other teachers, students from Normanhurst and other Catholic girls’ schools, as well as a wide range of women involved in Catholic education. They heard from a panel of women, including NSW Coogee MP Marjorie O’Neill, who shared their experiences in the workforce, telling both humorous and confronting stories of the gender bias they have been subjected to.

“Although this is something that I have always been aware of, it was particularly confronting for me as I feel that for us as Loreto women, it is easy to forget that the world we are graduating into is still incredibly affected by sexist prejudices. However, the panel of women inspired us with their resilience, persistence, and overarching message that as women, we have to continue to confront gender bias and continue to strive for excellence, to give other young women positive examples to aspire towards,” explained Loreto Kirribilli School Captain 2020.

Meanwhile, Benenson Councillors of 2020 were invited to the UN Women’s International Women’s Day breakfast at the ICC. They heard from speakers including Janelle Weissman, Executive Director of UN Women Australia, and Janice Petersen, SBS World News Presenter. Both spoke passionately about the need for the education of women around the world and the importance of generational equality between women.

The UN runs a Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning program that works not only in Australia but also in Jordan and India, and aims to improve women’s education. The sheer scale of this issue reinforces the value of education in improving their quality of life. This breakfast reminded us that, “The empowerment of women is not about conquest but about connection,” as said by Luz Restrepo, a former immigrant from Colombia and current CEO of SisterWorks.

“Education is one of the most important keys for empowering women and girls. This event created an opportunity for inclusion, drawing people together to empower, inspire, motivate and benefit individuals and communities towards advancing gender equality, here in Australia and within our school community. ” Benenson Councillors