Centenary International Women’s Day Celebrated In The Top End

Centenary International Women’s Day Celebrated In The Top End

Federal Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs

International Women’s Day Centenary Celebrations

Victor P Taffa

The 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day (IWD) will be celebrated on Tuesday 8 March 2011 in the electorate of Solomon, throughout the Northern Territory, across Australia and around the world, Federal Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs said today.

“IWD is celebrated globally every year on 8 March and recognises the economic and social achievements of women past, present and future.” Mrs. Griggs said today.

This year’s UN theme is “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.”

In Australia the theme for IWD 2011 is “Celebrating 100 Years” a fairly general theme to enable communities in the Northern Territory and across Australia to interpret it locally and join in the milestone celebrations.

“We are fortunate in Australia to have so many high achieving women who have made significant contributions in numerous fields from public life to science, the arts, sport government and politics and who have helped shape this once fledgling nation into the sophisticated country we live in today.” Mrs. Griggs said.

“IWD is a reminder to all Australians that we need to continue to work together to ensure that the contribution of women to society is properly valued and appreciated. We must also remember, however, that whilst International Women’s Day is a time for women to celebrate the progress they have made we must continue to be cognisant of those areas of women’s lives where more can still be done.”

“It’s great to see local groups such as the Women’s Network NT and UN Women Australia NT Chapter working together to celebrate this day by hosting a successful breakfast at Crocosaurus Cove last Friday.” Mrs. Griggs said.

To commemorate the centenary of International Women’s Day, Mrs Griggs yesterday attended the Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory Lunch and will tomorrow be attending the 2011 Tribute to Northern Territory Women, hosted by the NT Government.

On Saturday 12 March, Mrs Griggs will be attending the Business and Professional Women Darwin Conference, as a keynote speaker.