8 March 2011 Is Centenary International Women’s Day

8 March 2011 Is Centenary International Women’s Day

Western Australia Minister for Women’s Interests Robyn McSweeney

Minister Launches The Centenary Of International Women’s Day Celebrations

Victor P Taffa

Women’s Interests Minister Robyn McSweeney tonight officially launches 100 years of International Women’s Day 2011 at the City of Perth Council House.

The launch will focus promoting the capturing of “Moments in Time” to all West Australian women on March 8.

Mrs. McSweeney said the celebrations were a valuable opportunity to look back on the progress and achievements made by women from all walks of life and backgrounds in the past 100 years.

A highlight on March 8 will be 106-year old Margaret (Peg) Vivian talking live via video-link on her life experience and the changes she has seen for women in the last century.

“As Minister for Women’s Interests and Seniors, I had the pleasure to meet Peg Vivian last year when she hopped on and rode on a segway it is this youthful attitude that has made Peg an inspiration to women around her to show you can achieve anything you want at any age.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

“Tonight’s focus will be on promoting to all West Australian women the idea of recording their own “Moment in Time” throughout International Women’s Day. This can be anything from recording in writing what you are doing to mark the day, or taking a photograph to capture the memory of this year’s centenary.”

“On March 8, I will be hosting events across Perth to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day where I also look forward to capturing my own “Moment in Time” to share online with the world.”

The Minister said “Moments in Time” could be shared online at the International Women’s Day Power of 100 website.

“International Women’s Day started in a small way to mark the achievements of women, but is now a major movement in cities big and small and in most countries of the world.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

“It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements and contributions to their local communities and will this year be even more special as we mark 100 years of International Women’s Day.” Mrs. McSweeney said.