South West events celebrate breaking the bias for International Women’s Day

Jacinta CantatoreSouth Western Times
The Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce will hold its International Women’s Day afternoon tea at the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre.
Camera IconThe Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce will hold its International Women’s Day afternoon tea at the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre. Credit: Mogens Johansen/The West Australian

People across the South West are gearing up to celebrate and recognise the achievements of the women in the region’s community for International Women’s Day on March 8.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Break the Bias, encouraging everyone to be part of the solution to gender-based discrimination by actively calling out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping each time they see it.

Two of the region’s biggest events being held to celebrate this theme will be hosted in Bunbury, through the Zonta Club and the Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber will hold its International Women’s Day afternoon tea at the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre on March 8 from 2-4pm. Tickets to the free (now sold-out) event were available online.

Guests at the afternoon tea will hear from a panel of women who will share their personal journeys. The panel will be chaired by chamber CEO Kristy Gillian.

The Zonta Club of Bunbury will once again stage its annual International Women’s Day Breakfast, held this year on March 13 at the Mercure Bunbury Sanctuary Golf Resort. Doors open at 9am for a 9.30am start.

Tickets can be purchased online through the Zonta website.

Guest speaker at the event will be Christina Matthews, CEO of the Western Australian Cricket Association since 2012 and a former Australian team captain, who has played in 20 Test matches and 47 One Day Internationals for Australia.

Mrs Matthews is the chairperson of the Hawaiian Ride for Youth Organising Committee and director of Youth Focus, an organisation offering young Western Australian’s a range of mental health services.

Both events require proof-of-vaccination status.

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