International Women's Day 2018
International Women’s Day (IWD), also known as the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace is acknowledged in 8 March each year. It is the celebration of women’s achievements throughout history and across nations.
At Camberwell Girls, we introduced International Women’s Day at a recent Senior School Assembly and a number of our students attended an IWD Breakfast at Parliament House last week with keynote speaker Sally Capp, the first woman to hold the post of the Victorian Government’s Agent-General in London. She was also the first female director of the Collingwood Football Club. Through our mentoring program, students had the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on women who inspire them.
As a School, we value supporting organisations that assist girls and young women to be educated. On IWD we are proudly hosting our second Days for Girls Service Learning activity where students and staff will be making kits to meet the hygiene needs for girls in countries where they don’t have access to hygiene products during menstruation. These kits enable girls to attend school each month, hence not impacting their access to education and we will be taking the kits that we make to Cambodia this year. We are very proud to be making these kits in conjunction with Dream Stitches again this year.
Our sincere congratulations are extended to Old Grammarian Sarah Boyd (Class of 1998), founder of The Gender Agency as a recipient of the Fullbright Postgraduate Scholarship for Victoria. Sarah is a specialist in human rights, gender equality and women’s rights in International Development, peacebuilding and humanitarian affairs and is passionate about the potential of feminist foreign policies to advance women’s rights and their representation in foreign policy and national security decision-making.