Year 11 students Harry Anstey-Walsh, Ollie Cathcart, Robbie Frew, Jaguar Ngo, Tom Stunden and Aly Sultan attended the 2020 International Women's Day Breakfast, accompanied by Ms Sharee Verdon and Mrs Julia Vedelago. Members of the BGS Senior Leadership Team also attended, including Headmaster Anthony Micallef and Executive Director - Advancement and Community Relations Inma Beaumont, who is a non-Executive Director of UN Women Australia.
While the day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women, it also serves as a reflection on how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development.
This year's theme was generational equality, encouraging equal opportunity for women and girls at home, school and in the workplace. Guest speakers included the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk, Executive Director of UN Women Australia Janelle Weissman and a panel of representatives from Women for Women, Sister Works and Real Futures.
Speakers explained the role of respectful relationships in fostering equal opportunities for women to learn and earn. Notably, education was at the forefront of the discussion, capturing its importance as an engine for breaking boundaries and building bridges. With 500 million illiterate women globally, there are significant hurdles to overcome in achieving the global goal of gender equality.
This has spurred the development of 'The Collaborate for Change' initiative – spearheaded by the BGS Gender Respect Committee. This committee is open to students in Years 9 to 12. We aim to educate our wider school community about gender inequalities and the importance of developing respectful relationships, to bring about a more equal and just world. Students will also be given the opportunity to hear from guest speakers and fundraise to support local women's charities. Boys who wish to be part of this committee can sign up here.
Aly Sultan and Tom Stunden
Year 11 Students