7 March 2012
The University of the Sunshine Coast will be raising funds to help make market places in the Pacific region safer for female vendors during its celebration of International Women’s Day tomorrow (8 March).
USC staff and students have been invited to attend a special morning tea on campus at 10am and make gold coin donations to UN Women Australia’s 2012 project “Partners Improving Markets”.
More than 150 staff and students are expected to attend the event in the University’s Art Gallery, which will also have two new exhibitions on display.
USC Student Equity and Diversity Officer Marjorie Blowers said International Women’s Day was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the many women in our lives and to think about those women who are struggling to survive each day.
“Women are a Commonwealth nominated equity group based on a history of disadvantage, and USC is committed to providing equal opportunity within the education and work environment,” she said.
“We are making UN Women’s Australia a beneficiary of our event because it does a lot of work nationally and globally in supporting women in third-world countries.”
USC’s Information Technology Services Director Maureen Klinkert will be the event’s guest speaker and will discuss the Queensland Government’s theme for International Women’s Day, which is “Everything is Possible”.
“The ‘everything is possible’ message encourages women and girls to challenge stereotypes, explore career options and embrace the opportunities that Queensland has to offer in traditionally male-dominated sectors,” Ms Klinkert explained.
Ms Klinkert herself has excelled in a male-dominated industry, recently being awarded a prestigious Fellowship of the Australian Computer Society for her 33-year career in information and communication technology (ICT) in Australia.
USC has achieved the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Employer of Choice for Women citation for seven consecutive years. This award recognises the University’s efforts in increasing the representation of women at senior staff levels and helping staff to maintain work/life balance.
— Michelle Widdicombe