Marlene McLean and Narelle Freeman at the Women’s Day lunch at the Ipswich Library. Photo: Sarah Harvey
Marlene McLean and Narelle Freeman at the Women’s Day lunch at the Ipswich Library. Photo: Sarah Harvey

Women must work on

FOR years women have campaigned for equality with men, and much has been achieved in the areas of equal pay and employment opportunities – but there’s still more to achieve.

Tomorrow, March 8, marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

At a Women’s Day lunch at Ipswich Library last Friday, issues of concern for guests included domestic violence, aged-care facilities, safety in public, health and the future for grandchildren.

The lunch was hosted by the Friends of Ipswich Library Service (FOILS).

Group president Yvonne van de Wiel said speakers Pamela Lamb, from the University of Queensland, and potter Gwyn Pigott were “excellent” and had both achieved creatively.

Ms van de Wiel said women were celebrating the “positives” of the last century.

“I think we still have a way to go, particularly with domestic violence,” she said.

“I don’t think enough is done for women in crisis.”

International Women’s Day 100th year celebrations in Ipswich this week include:

A FREE lunch, belly-dancing performance, singing performances, launch of the Girl Power Choir and talks by Sally Robinson from 1000 Voices project and Joanne Millar from Hamlin Fistula International foundation, at West Moreton Women’s Health, Level 2 Ipswich Square, on March 10 from 10am till midday, call 3816 3000.

IPSWICH celebrates 10 decades of fashion at the Masonic Hall, cnr Roderick and Nicholas sts, on March 8 from 10am to 1.30pm, dress up to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service, call Elsie Denham on 0448 212 265.

ZONTA Club of West Moreton breakfast on March 8, guest speaker Janine Walker, at the MiHi Creek Tavern, Brassall, proceeds to UN Women Australia (UNIFEM) projects.



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