International Women’s Day is celebrated during the week of March 8 across the world, recognising the incredible economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. It is a day for recognising achievements, for remembering past struggles and accomplishments, and most importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women and girls across the globe.
From the bustling backstreets of Mumbai, India, to the remote plains of Maasai land in Kenya, girls across the world need our support and development. Won’t you join with us this International Women’s Day, to talk about something significant: the state of the world’s girls. Be reminded of their value, learn more about their struggles, and have the opportunity to stand up and speak out on their behalf.
Date: Wednesday 9 March 2011
Location: Compassion Sydney, 8/40 Brodie St Rydalmere
Time: 6.45pm – 9.00pm
Cost: $10 at the door – includes drinks and snacks and also helps support girls across the globe.
Kim Vanden Hengel is CEO of CNEC Partners International and has worked in the aid and development sector for more than 30 years. She lived in Niger for 13 years and currently oversees partnerships with local Christian ministries in China, Kyrgyzstan, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Chile, DR Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.. Kim served on the board of World Vision Australia from 2002 to 2005 and has recently completed a three- year stint on the National Steering Committee of Micah Challenge, an advocacy campaign focused on the Millennium Development Goals.
Julie Cowdroy is an Australian singer/songwriter whose music powerfully combines thought-provoking lyrics with captivating melodies. Her songs simultaneously inspire and challenge her listeners.The ideas Julie captures in her songs extend beyond music. An advocate for the voiceless, Julie looks for opportunities to illuminate the plight of those who are disenfranchised. Her musings on policy, poverty and power have been published on prominent Australian websites in the hope to bring more people into the conversations that shape our world. Julie is an ambassador for the Global Poverty Project and Opportunity International Australia.
Deb Malcolm is a Child Advocate, campaigner and speaker. Currently serving as Women’s Engagement Specialist for Compassion Australia, Deb is passionate about issues affecting women and children. Her advocacy for children has included involvement in projects and events which address poverty and injustice, confronting indifference and lack of knowledge surrounding poverty and child advocacy work. Deb is one of the founders of a new grassroots campaigning movement called Collective Shout. Recently launched; Collective Shout names and shames corporations, advertisers and marketers, who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services.
Money raised from your admission ticket or money donated on the evening will go towards Compassion’s holistic child development programs, and towards an International Women’s Day Project that promotes female political participation and leadership.
For more information on Compassion Australia visit www.compassion.com.au