A big crowd of staff and students gathered in the DYPAC foyer on Thursday 5 March for a specially arranged morning tea to celebrate International Women’s Day. The School paired with the OCGA to provide a lovely spread of cupcakes, tea and coffee, as well as some floral arrangements in the colours of Women’s Day: purple, green and white.

Anne Whisken, Head of Mellor Library, spoke on one of this year’s themes: #MAKEITHAPPEN. She noted that in Australia we take certain things for granted that women in other parts of the world unfortunately do not have – including freedom of movement, driving licences, and property ownership. And while we may be ahead of some parts of the world in these areas, there are still important issues that we need to address – including gender pay equity, domestic violence, and the relatively low representation of women in government.

Anne illustrated the severity of domestic violence in this country by sharing that 60,000 domestic violence reports are filed in Victoria each year, and on average one woman dies each week in Australia from domestic violence. These damning statistics were a timely reminder of the importance of acknowledging International Women’s Day.