Girls are making it happen on the Peninsula

Published on 01 March 2019

IWD 2019

Friday 8 March 2019 is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is Balance for Better.

To celebrate the occasion, Mornington Peninsula Shire caught up with a diverse range of local girls making it happen on the Peninsula.

Chloe (Year 6), Chloe (Year 3), Lucie (Year 3), Zara (Year 6) and Indie-Mae (Year 6) and VCAL students from Mount Eliza Secondary College, shared their proudest achievements and views on the power of girls and why it’s so important that equal opportunity is given to everyone.

International Women’s Day acknowledges a strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support for gender equality with an aim to shift harmful gendered norms and stereotypes that lead to the prevalence of  gender disparity and violence against women and their children.

Shire CEO John Baker said “here at Mornington Peninsula Shire, we’re committed to celebrating, employing and empowering women every day.

“I’m proud to continue the organisation’s legacy of leading the way on gender equality.

“The Shire has spent many years addressing equality including becoming the first Council to adopt a superannuation top up for all female employees and recognising the valuable contribution our staff make to caring for our community as well as their own families, by increasing secondary carers’ parental leave.

“We’re about to embark on the development of a Gender Equality Strategy to prioritise opportunities and participation for women in local settings, including workplaces, schools and sports clubs”.  

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said “International Women’s Day is an important opportunity to celebrate diversity and promote equality across the Peninsula.

“We’re committed to providing meaningful opportunities that empower community members to be leaders and change makers. 

“These are just a few of the many inspirational young women contributing to our community and shaping a strong future for girls right across the Peninsula”.

Council’s representative for the Health and Wellbeing Committee and Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi said

“It is encouraging to be part of a Council that is committed in leading the way to support opportunities for women and girls. By working together we can create positive change in achieving gender equality throughout our community and in the workplace”.

Mornington Peninsula Shire is committed to creating a diverse and safe workplace environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity and Child Safe employer.

More than 750 women are employed across the Shire working in a range of fields from Engineering to Executive, Community Care, Information Technology, Planning, Infrastructure, Environmental Health and many more.

A short video celebrating local girl’s achievements on the Peninsula will be available from Friday 8 March at: mornpen.vic.gov.au/genderequality

The video will also be shared via the Shire’s Facebook page on International Women’s Day (Friday 8 March), people are encouraged to ‘tag’ an inspirational girl or woman in their life under the post.

Join the conversation online using the hashtags #mornpenforequality and #BalanceforBetter

A range of public events are being held to mark International Women’s Day:

International Women's Day celebration
Rosebud Library
McDowell St, Rosebud
11am – 12pm

Author Talk - Ruth Clare
Mornington Library
Vancouver St, Mornington
11am – 12pm

Morning Tea at Wallaroo
Wallaroo Community Centre
6 Wallaroo Place, Hastings 
10am – 12pm

For more information on any of the above events, visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/events

Other community events taking place on the Peninsula:

A Woman’s Place
A multimedia retrospective of stories shared by women who live on the Mornington Peninsula.
Multiple dates in March.
awomansplace2019.squarespace.com

Southern Women’s Action Network
Guest speaker Nyadol Nyuon
Mornington Shire Chamber
Vancouver St, Mornington
Sunday 10 March
swanwomen.org.au/contact-us/

International Women's Day lunch
Sorrento Trattoria , Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento
12pm
Friday 8 March
Tickets available via Eventbrite

PHOTO CAPTION: Laura Pintur, a young Peninsula local passionate about challenging social norms through her blog ‘what’s normal’.