PERFECT AFTERNOON: Attending the launch of Queensland Women’s Week were Melissa Horton of the Floresco Centre, Tricia Van Engelen of Centacare Community Services and Karen Prestidge of Lifeline.
PERFECT AFTERNOON: Attending the launch of Queensland Women’s Week were Melissa Horton of the Floresco Centre, Tricia Van Engelen of Centacare Community Services and Karen Prestidge of Lifeline. David Nielsen

Historic launch to Women’s Week

THE inaugural Queensland Women's Week was launched in Ipswich on the weekend with a high tea at one of the city's most iconic homes.

Claremont home, the former residence of Ipswich's first free settler George Thorn, played host to the launch on Saturday as dozens of prominent women paused to acknowledge the work left to do to reach gender parity.

Queensland's Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman was the event's key note speaker and spoke on the gender pay gap and women in leadership.

"Being a leader or role model cannot be a passive activity, it is important that women in leadership roles give back to other women to enable them to achieve as well," she said in a statement.

Queensland Times editor Peter Chapman was MC for the event which was organised by Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard.

Proceeds from the day were donated to the Zonta Club of Ipswich.

Zonta Club president Kate Kunzelmann said Queensland Women's Week highlighted the gender inequality that persists in society. She called on men and women to stand against inequity in all its forms.

The week coincides with International Women's Day, which will be celebrated on March 8.



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