International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day Luncheon

March 08, 2023

On International Women’s Day, March 8th 2023, women from around the world came together to celebrate the progress and achievements made in advancing gender equality. As part of the festivities, many organisations host luncheons to bring women together for a time of fellowship, networking, and inspiration. Open Hands Community Care had the privilege to attend one of those luncheons hosted by Radio 4EB.

It was a day where women of all ages, races, and backgrounds came together to celebrate the contributions of women to society and to learn from each other.

At the luncheon, OHCC representatives Managing Director Sherifaye Kargbo and Operations Lead Pule Salafai, alongside other attendees were treated to delicious meals and inspiring speeches from women who have made significant contributions in their various fields and industries. It was a chance to network, share experiences and challenges, foster friendships, and learn about various supports and services available for CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) Women in Brisbane QLD.

One of the main themes of the International Women’s Day is the importance of supporting women and girls around the world. This includes advocating for policies and programs that promote gender equality, such as equal pay and access to supports and education to name a few.

This is of importance for the OHCC team to be part of, with not only our organisation being Co-founded by a Woman, but our volunteering and support teams consist of over 60% women, these themes therefore are of extreme importance, and we strive to continuously address these within all areas of OHCC’s services.

Another key theme is the importance of Mentorship and Leadership development for women, which OHCC strongly advocates and assists within our Outreach, Advocacy & Advisory Services. Many successful women credit their mentors and the leadership training they received as critical to their success.

The luncheon provided an opportunity for attendees to connect with potential mentors and to learn about different CALD women leaders and their programs, from Refugee and Migrant resettlement officers, women’s activists to radio broadcasters, the room was filled with Leaders and Change Makers!

The International Women’s Day Luncheon was also an opportunity to recognise the progress that has been made in advancing gender equality, but also to acknowledge the work that still needs to be done. It was a reminder that women’s rights are human rights, and that we must continue to work together to ensure that women are treated with dignity and respect and have equal opportunities to thrive.

A huge thank you to the Radio 4EB for the invitation and hosting our OHCC ladies. We look forward to many more to come.

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