RMIT University has celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD).
A number of RMIT staff recognised the day by attending a United Nations Women hosted breakfast that supported ending poverty for all women and girls worldwide.
Celebrated annually, the theme for the 2014 International Women’s Day was "Equality for women is progress for all".
The panel of speakers at the breakfast included:
- Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
- Jeff Buchanan, Papua New Guinea Country Representative, UN Women
- Ada Tafuna'i, Executive Director, Women in Business Development, Samoa, and
- Catherine Fox, MC, Journalist, Author and Public Speaker.
RMIT Senior Human Resources Manager, Sonia Dal, said the Senior Leaders who attended the breakfast enjoyed supporting the event and recognised how important it is to celebrate the day.
RMIT purchased two tables for the event contributions which went to supporting the work of UN Women.
"International Women’s Day is a global day that celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future," Ms Dal said.
"With RMIT’s strong history as an Employer of Choice for Women (EOCW), it was again positive to be part of this annual international celebration of women."
RMIT staff attended a UN Women hosted event for International Women’s Day that raised funds to help end poverty for all women and girls worldwide.
The United Nations began celebrating IWD on 8 March during International Women’s Year in 1975.
In December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements, regardless of their differences, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
RMIT University has been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Women by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency over nine years – in 2001 to 2003, and from 2007 to 2013. This year RMIT will again apply to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for recently relaunched WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation.
The University has an ongoing commitment to be a fair and equitable workplace that supports all staff, irrespective of gender, age, culture, sexual preference or disability.