International Women’s Day

April 11, 2017

Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day continues to be a powerful platform globally that unifies tenacity and drives action for gender parity, while celebrating the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women.

The specific values that drive International Women’s Day provide an important parameter for guiding the action, behaviours and ethos associated with this critical and globally-supported day. Values such as Justice, Dignity, Hope, Equality, Collaboration, Tenacity, Appreciation, Respect, Empathy, Forgiveness

Energy Skills Queensland participated and presented in a number of events over the week. All events were thoroughly enjoyed and really reinstated that equality is something that everyone can work towards for the future.

UN Women National Committee Australia Breakfast

A global champion for women and girls, UN Women is the United Nations entity responsible for promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality and was established to accelerate progress to meet the needs of women and girls worldwide.

Empower a WOMAN, Empower a Nation. This was the slogan of the International Women’s Day [IWD] 2017 Breakfast.  Gender inequality remains one of the greatest barriers to woman’s sustainable development and empowerment across the global landscape. Poverty, discrimination, and exploitation disproportionately affects women due to barriers that inhibit access to education and employment opportunities, meaning that they often end up in insecure, low-wage, and at times potentially unsafe jobs. The message was loud and clear that if each and every one of us, men and women alike, don’t take an active role in changing gender equality and addressing economic barriers, it will take another 170 years for women to achieve the same equal economic opportunities that men have.

Repairing the Gender Pay Gap (YWCA Queensland)

A public forum exploring the gender pay gap, and asking the questions: “What are we doing?” and “Is it enough?”

Workplace gender equality is achieved when all persons are able to enjoy and access the same opportunities, resources and rewards regardless of their gender identity. Australia has come a long way in the gender-equality space. However the gender-pay gap is still prevalent, with women still continuing to earn less than men. In Australia this is estimated to be $24-27K less than their male counterparts doing similar roles. Furthermore, women accumulate less retirement and superannuation savings, women are less likely to advance their careers in leadership to the same degree as men, women still taking the primary parental carer role of children which is at the same time exacerbated because males have less access to family friendly policies such as parental leave and/or flexible working arrangements.

Achieving gender equality is important, not because it is the right thing to do for both men and women, but rather because it is linked with improvements in productivity at both local and national levels. Gender equality also enhances an organisations performance and reputation, whilst increasing the ability of companies to attract talent and retain employees.

For more information of the case for gender equality for businesses, please visit


Energy Skills Queensland also attended the BHP Billiton in partnership with the QRC and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) presents the 2017 International Women’s Day Breakfast and Resources Awards for Women. We were very proud to have our very own Kerry Fullarton as an award nominee.

Keynote speaker Turia Pitt, was an Australian mining engineer, author and bushfire burns survivor who was truly inspirational and is the true meaning of determination and resilience.

St Margaret’s Professional Women’s Network Breakfast

St Margaret’s Professional Women’s Network (PWN) series is developing a strong and steady identity among Brisbane professional women as a place where they come to be inspired by our guest speakers, meet new friends, and build and develop positive business relationships.

Penelope was the keynote speaker and she spoke of resisting the urge to become the victim in difficult situations, but to reflect on the issue and make a cool, calm decision. With less than six per cent of the world’s companies run by females, she challenged the diverse audience – from both male and female corporate leaders to senior St Margaret’s students – to demolish gender bias.

Penelope was also awarded the Young Past Student of Distinction which she will be presented with on 21 April 2017.

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