A group of Year 11 and 12 students joined Acting Principal Mary Duma, Social Justice Coordinator Jodie Blacker and Director of Advancement Julia Glass to attend the recent UN Women Sydney International Women’s Day Breakfast.
Held at the Sydney International Convention Centre (ICC), event speakers included UN Women Country Program Coordinator (Samoa) Mele Maualaivao, Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Non Executive Director and Sustainability Adviser Sam Mostyn, and Chief Executive Officer Unilever Australia and New Zealand Clive Stiff FAICD, SBS Television Chief Football Host and World News Sports Presenter Lucy Zelic, as MC.
There was also a guest appearance from NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, and a heartfelt Welcome to Country from Wiradjuri Elder Ann Weldon.
“The UN International Women’s Day Breakfast really reinforced my gratitude for my many privileges, at IGS and in our wider society,” said Nina Rewitzer of Year 12.
“As a student leader I very rarely have to consider whether my voice will be shut down for the reason that I am female. Instead, I’m encouraged to harness my voice for our school community, and globally.
“I will never forget the harrowing statistics and the many inspirational women I met at this event. What an opportunity!”
Guests heard about challenges women face in the Pacific region such as extremely high levels of domestic abuse and violence, as well as challenges closer to home. In the past 10 weeks in Australia, 11 women have died from domestic violence.
Despite grim statistics, attendees left the event feeling empowered and uplifted, and ready to continue the quest for male and female gender parity.