The Chronicle: International Women's Day 2017

Not a day goes by when I don’t meet an extraordinary Canberra woman making a difference to our community, nation and world.

And on 8 March, International Women’s Day, I launched ‘Can Do Women, which pays tribute to them and shares their wisdom, knowledge and experience. 

International Women’s Day began as a day to advocate for women’s suffrage. Over time, it’s become a day to call for women’s empowerment, fertility control, equal opportunity in the workplace and an end to violence against women.

In Australia, it’s a day to reflect on the work that has been done by the women who have come before us. To honour those on whose shoulders we stand. To pay tribute to the sacrifices they made so that we can enjoy the rights we do today.

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of women. And it’s a time to reflect on the women who have shaped and influenced us.

These women are not always famous. Often they’re our mothers, aunts, sisters, girlfriends or teachers.

Can Do Women is a showcase of messages from Canberra women – many of them quiet achievers – who embody the meaning of strength, boldness and ambition. I want their messages to inspire and empower young women and girls.

Can Do Women is a way to celebrate women and encourage the development of girls, not just in the second week of March but every week.

Be sure to look out for the first edition of Can Do Women featuring Juliet Moody on my Facebook page.

If you have any suggestions or topics you’d like covered please contact me: Gai.Brodtmann.MP@aph.gov.au

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