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Breaking the Cycle
For International Women’s Day, students, staff and community members recognised the struggles of women throughout history and in society today and pledged to work towards ‘breaking the cycle’ of gender inequality.
At the Senior Campus, students were encouraged to attached their name to a communal pledge, demonstrating their commitment to ending discrimination against women in our society and beyond.
Helen Forde, CEO of Jesuit Mission spoke at the College’s International Women’s Day Breakfast event about the many challenges of women across the world and how in different ways Jesuit Mission is working to support women in dire circumstances.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Leave No Woman Behind – is about ensuring that all women – especially the most vulnerable and marginalised – are given the chance to live full and free lives.
Women play a vital role as leaders, given their wealth of knowledge and connections to family and community.
So today, on International Women’s Day, I am here with you – asking you to join in solidarity with women around the world, but especially those in vulnerable and marginalised situations.
Be ‘men for, and with others’. Support your female friends and family; give them encouragement to take opportunities to use their talents; speak up when you see injustices; and press to ensure women are active participants in all aspects of life.
It is only by working together that we can empower women across the globe.
Finn Macken, Prefect of Ignatian Service spoke at a recent Rector's Assembly on the importance of acknowledging the challenges women face and how we can work towards creating a more supportive, understanding and equal society.
It is no exaggeration to say that that violence against and harassment of women is the largest social justice issue facing Australia in this century.
This issue is not ever going away unless we force it to, that change will not be the product of speeches or declarations, but the little things.
The moments when you prevent misogyny and hatred, where you stand in solidarity - they are victories; a challenge against those terrible, terrible statistics.
There are a thousand of us here, a thousand people that will help shape the world in the next century.
Break the cycle.