21 March, 2021
Women's Day week
Central Highlands residents celebrated International Women's Day across the region.
CENTRAL Highlands women have come together to celebrate International Women’s Day earlier this month with several events held around the region.
Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) Libraries throughout the highlands hosted a series of events, kicking off last Thursday, and lasting until yesterday.
Trivia events, morning teas and guest speakers were hosted at each of the libraries.
CHRC Councillor Christine Rolfe she encouraged people to attend the events to “spend some time getting to know the incredible women who make up our community”.
“One special part about living in such a diverse region with people from all walks of life is taking opportunities to understand, learn from and celebrate each other’s achievements,” she said.
Long-time Central Queensland resident and manager of the Rolleston Hotel Kay Becker spoke as guest speaker during a morning tea at the Rolleston Library.
Mrs Becker said the theme for the event in Rolleston was Choose to Challenge.
“I believe [it] has many meanings for all of the women in our community, ranging from everyday life challenges, work challenges and, for some, just living in a remote, regional community is a challenge,” she said.
“I hope to raise some of the issues that I see as challenges for women in our community such as inclusiveness, what is important to our community as women, and a few of the personal challenges I have had over my working career.”
Mrs Becker said she believed strongly in International Women’s Day.
“In developed countries like Australia, it allows women to celebrate and acknowledge the numerous roles women play in our communities, and in developing or poorer countries,” she said.
“It allows the rest of the world to consider and acknowledge those women in the world whose everyday life is a struggle.”