#ChooseToChallenge this International Women's Day

International Women’s Day on 8 March is a day to come together to acknowledge that women’s rights are human rights and to celebrate women in leadership.

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International Women’s Day on 8 March is a day to come together to acknowledge that women’s rights are human rights and to celebrate women in leadership. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge.
 
To mark the day, our Tuart House team has organised an event in Busselton, bringing together women working in the Family Domestic Violence (FDV) space in WA’s South-West region.
 
Tuart House is a culturally safe residential support service for women and their children who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness because of FDV.
 
The International Women’s Day event will be held at The Quill Collective in Vasse this Thursday and will include a Yarning Circle and morning tea hosted in partnership with the South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS), the Undalup Association and the South-West Family Domestic Violence Response Team.
 
“As custodians of the White Ribbon Australia movement, we choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality,” said Melissa Perry, Communicare CEO.
 
“On International Women’s Day we can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements, reflect on the gains made and highlight the work still to be done.”
 
Women can access Communicare Tuart House through self-referral, or by referral from a supporting community services organisation. To find out more, contact our team on 9752 2785 or by email at tuarthouse@communicare.org.au. 
 
You can find out more about International Women’s Day 2021 at the WA Department of Communities website here.
 
Western Australian women – the facts:
 
  • 50% of Western Australians are women and girls
  • WA’s gender pay gap is 22.7% compared with 14% across Australia
  • 37% of women held a Bachelor Degree or above in 2020, compared with 29% of men
  • On average, women’s superannuation balances are approximately 78% of men’s
  • 68% of adults aged 18+ accessing homelessness services in WA are women
  • Women perform around 75% of all unpaid work, including caring for children and others, housework and administration and volunteering
  • 32.1% of ASX 200 Board members are women
  • 31.6% of WA Members of Parliament are women
2021 IWD social media hashtags:
  • #ChooseToChallenge
  • #WomenInLeadership
  • #IWD2021

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