Celebrating International Women's Day in schools
Of One Mind is being supported by the Queensland Government to build a legacy from WOW at Festival 2018. On Friday 12 October last year girls from Brisbane and South East Queensland High Schools were given an opportunity to be part of a unique celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child. 70 girls from years 10 and 11 participated in the program, the first of its kind in Australia, at QPAC and on the Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank.
Girls were given the chance to hear inspirational stories from young women, including those who have overcome adversity during times of crisis – of conflict, natural disaster, or family breakdown and are now developing their careers as artists and social entrepreneurs. They also heard from Jackie Trad MP Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships on her journey to being a leading politician in the Queensland Government and a highlight of the day a speed mentoring session with leading Brisbane women on the Wheel of Brisbane!
The girls were also given the chance to plan their own events in school for 2019 IWD with support provided through the Legacy Fund and here are the ways in which some of them are celebrating this week.
Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology students will spend this week reflecting on important and influential women that inspire them. On International Women’s Day, they will be giving out ribbons and collecting gold coin donations for Zonta International, a charity for underprivileged women, complemented by a high tea during lunch, including a 30-minute set from Anisa Nanduala, a Brisbane-based poet.
“On International Women’s Day, we hope to advocate for the importance of gender equality for women and men alike and highlight the ways that we can be supportive of each other in our school community. We are excited to have the responsibility of planning and executing such an important day and hope to make it an informative and enjoyable day that raises awareness of the importance of women’s rights movements for all our students”. Michael Colquhoun, Business Manager / Economics Teacher and ARC Coordinator.
Balmoral State High School are passionate about how men and women and boys and girls work together to support equality for all. They will be hosting guest speakers on International Women’s Day including Madeline Price from the One Woman Project and members of the team from MATE at Griffith University to talk with the boys about how to be a good by-stander and advocate. Junior and Senior students will all participate in marking the day.
Brisbane Girls Grammar School students will be creating an installation of a purple and green paper chain of women to represent the theme “More Powerful Together”. The chains will be comprised of individual stencils with the name and any other details the students would like to share about an inspirational female role model. The aim to is collect at least 600 individual stencils and create a very long paper chain. A video will also form part of the BGGS International Women’s Day activities, featuring the students sharing their own stories about their role models and how they’ve inspired them. The school has also been decorated with posters of inspirational women and the hashtag: #morepowerfultogether. The school is kindly donating the legacy contribution to support the development of young women and girls.