A number of local organisations took the opportunity to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) in the Hunter last week.
The Belmont branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) acknowledged the occasion with members and guests dressing in purple or mauve; while VIEW (Voice Interests Education Women) clubs from Newcastle and Lake Macquarie hailed the achievements of inspirational females throughout the nation.
“One of the ladies spoke about Women: Friendships, Action and Changes focusing on the IWD motto of Choose to Challenge and calling out gender bias and inequality,” said Belmont CWA secretary/publicity officer Dianne Davis of their function.
“The talk also concentrated on the suffragette movement, the history of the CWA and how by our actions we can create change.
“Lots of fun was had by all and included games with lucky door prizes and a ‘Women of Note’ trivia quiz.
“A great morning tea was topped off by a scrumptious cake made by members Kerry Warne and Marie Spicer.”
During the International Women’s Day proceedings, Kath Stothard presented Nan Sellen a gift in appreciation for all the work she has done for Belmont CWA.
Prospective members are very welcome and the group meets on a Tuesday between 9am and noon at the Uniting Church Hall, Milson Street, Charlestown.
Meanwhile, Lake Macquarie City mayor Kay Frazer, Swansea MP Yasmin Catley, Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison and national president of VIEW Anne-Louise O’Conner were special guests at Central Leagues in Charlestown on 8 March.
The theme for 2021 IWD, Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world, allowed everyone to recognise the tremendous accomplishments by women in Australia and their efforts to create lasting change.
The event also raised funds for The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program, which assists disadvantaged Australian students with their education.
“Joining VIEW Club is a great way to meet new friends, go on outings and have a bit of fun,” Wangi Wangi program and publicity officer Libby Dyson said.
“You can learn from guest speakers, too, about issues which are close to women’s hearts and needs, while making a difference in the lives of youngsters through The Smith Family’s Learning For Life Program.”
Contact Joy Menzies on 0429 708 362 or [email protected] to find out more or which is your local VIEW Club.