Women inspire inclusion on IWD

Ma Ma Creek Community Hall volunteers Chris Duncan, Maree Rosier, June Evans, Eva Schmidt, and Helen Wegner at the International Women's Day lunch on 9 March. Pictures: GRACE CRICHTON

International Women’s Day brought communities together to celebrate, commune, and connect.

This year’s theme was ‘Inspire Inclusion’, calling on all to forge a more inclusive world for women.

In Gatton, Lockyer Valley Regional Council held their annual breakfast on Thursday 7 March.

The guest speaker was Amanda Dalton, CEO and founder of Protea Place.

Ms Duncan shared her story of founding an organisation dedicated to helping women get their lives back on track, whether they are homeless, escaping domestic violence, leaving a correctional facility, or simply need a hand getting back on their feet.

Somerset Libraries hosted two morning teas on 8 March, one in Esk and one in Kilcoy.

Kerrie Oakes was the guest speaker in Kilcoy and Beryce Nelson spoke at Esk.

Ms Nelson shared her experiences as a politician, the many injustices she has campaigned against, and called on the crowd to bolster the women in their lives.

Gatt and Co. hosted a Girls Night Out dinner at their hub on Railway St in Gatton on 8 March.

Women came together for dinner and dessert, connecting with old friends and make new ones.

The Ma Ma Creek Community Hall committee hosted a lunch on 9 March for women of the community to get together.