17 March 2023

International Women's Day

Article by Alana Clark on behalf of the Social Justice Team 2023

International Women's Day

Last Wednesday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day. International Women's Day is a day celebrated annually around the world to recognise women's achievements and bring to light issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women.

At Saint Ignatius College, numerous events were run to support and raise awareness of the International Women's Day and its theme ‘Embrace Equality. Students were encouraged to wear purple on the day with the aim to visually acknowledge International Women's Day and to join other women and their supporters across the world in solidarity and celebration. There was also a staff vs students netball match during lunchtime. While the winner is undetermined, it was still a wonderful event in which the school community were able to get together and support their peers and teachers. Well done and a big thank you to all those who competed!

Purple cupcakes were also sold at lunchtime to raise funds. In total 400 cupcakes were sold along with pens and ribbons. This helped raise $500 dollars in profit to donate to Women’s Health Loddon Mallee, a not for profit and independent service in our regional area. This will then go toward women impacted by the floods, primarily in Echuca and Rochester.

The Loyola Centre hosted the fifth 'International Women's Day Evening' for our College Community with speaker Jelena Dokic. Her inspirational story highlighted the importance of kindness, courage, hope, resilience and supporting the achievements of women.

Thank you so much to everyone who got involved in the day.

Alana Clark on behalf of the Social Justice Team 2023