International women’s day: an occasion to celebrate

12 February 2014

This international women’s day local women and girls will gather to celebrate young women’s achievements while raising funds for women’s health. Food, dance, music and laughter followed by a film on the resilience of young women from around the world.

International Women’s Day is an important day for women around the world to reflect on the struggles and achievements of the past and to look toward the future.

‘This year we invite local women to gather for food, laughter and an array of talented local young women from hip hoppers to harpists!’ said Dr Robyn Gregory, Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health West.

‘Then stay with us for a screening of I am a girl, a documentary showing stories of strength, hope and courage through a day in the life of six young women around the world.

‘Women everywhere are more likely than men to be under-valued, under-paid and unemployed; victims of family violence; and to be single parents.

‘Here in Australia women are paid an average 17.5 per cent less than men each year. Intimate partner violence is the major cause of death for Victorian women aged 15-44. Female lone parents constitute 83.8 per cent of all lone parents in the western region of Melbourne*.

‘These are some of the reasons that International Women’s Day is a vital opportunity to stop and consider what we must still achieve but also to celebrate our many accomplishments.

The film is a fundraiser to help Women’s Health West secure a sustainable and affordable building to continue to provide women and children who have experienced family violence with the services they require while in crisis. The service also provides extensive health promotion programs and activities designed to promote women’s health safety and wellbeing.

‘International Women’s Day is a terrific time to celebrate the importance of working together to achieve change for women. This event is organised in partnership with Phoenix Youth Centre, Maribyrnong City Council, Brimbank City Council and Women’s Health West.


Photo Opportunity

Thursday 13 February 2014 at 4:00pm

Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Road SUNSHINE, VIC 3020


Event details

Friday 7 March 2014

4.30pm – 6.30pm performances

7.30pm I am a girl screening

Visy Cares Hub, 80b Harvester Road SUNSHINE, VIC

To purchase tickets, book online at: www.whwest.org.au



Contact Nicola Harte, Communications Manager on 9689 9588 or email nicolah@whwest.org.au

*Statistics available by local government area