Outstanding women honoured
Outstanding women honoured

A number of exciting events are being held across metropolitan and regional South Australia to celebrate International Women’s Day week – 1-8 March.

The International Women’s Day Collective twilight march and festival will be held tonight, celebratory breakfasts organised by Zonta in Port Lincoln and Victor Harbor, as well as an oral history workshop at the State Library of South Australia.

Building on the success of the last two years, the Women’s Information Service will also be holding a series of free information sessions during the week. Lunchtime talks will on offer from a range of organisations including the Women’s Legal Service, Mental Illness Fellowship of SA, Women in Super and Anglicare.

Community awards will also be presented to recipients who’ve demonstrated outstanding contributions in the areas of community service, services to women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, services to Indigenous women and services by a female writer.

The 2008 International Women’s Day Young Women Writer’s Award has been established for young female writers under the age of 30. The award provides an opportunity for young women to creatively express their experiences and depict how they view their ‘place’ within the community in the form of a short story or piece of poetry.

“I’m looking forward to announcing the finalists and winners of the award at the International Women’s Day Luncheon tomorrow. It’s heartening to be involved in a program that encourages women to express their views and one that has such a positive impact on their lives.

It’s a fitting forum to acknowledge these young women in all their diversity.”

“We have so many great women in this State, and International Women’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate their achievements. I will also be announcing the establishment of the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll,” Ms Rankine said.

The roll will honour the remarkable performance and achievements of South Australian women who champion diversity, lead the community towards greater respect and responsibility, and explore new directions through innovation.