MP to speak at womens brunch
A HUGE crowd of Whitsunday women were disappointed last year when the International Women’s Day brunch had to be called off due to safety measures taken in case Cyclone Hamish hit.
That disappointment was perhaps felt most by Whitsundays Zonta Club president Robyn Mitchell, the driving force behind the organisation of the brunch, and she’s doing her best to ensure this year’s guests get plenty of bang for their buck.
For this reason Mrs Mitchell was over the moon when she secured NSW MP Pru Goward as the guest speaker for the brunch, to be held on Sunday March 7.
Ms Goward has had an incredible career, often at the forefront of women’s rights issues and is currently the Shadow Minister for Women as a member of the NSW State opposition.
As Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Ms Goward once called for the introduction of paid maternity leave – a position rejected by the Howard Government.She also presided over the introduction of the first national program to combat violence against women. She first came to prominence as a reporter on ABC radio and TV and has also co-authored a biography of John Howard.
“I’m thrilled to have such an emanate Australian come to our celebration,” Mrs Mitchell said.
“She’s changed the lives of many Australian women with her policy work and been a role model in many ways.”
Ms Goward said it would be her first time visiting the Whitsundays and she hoped to “walk as much as possible and drink it in” during her two day stay.
“I was so honoured to have been asked,” Ms Goward said.
“At the brunch I’d like to tell the story of change, how it’s happened and what needs to happen next if men and women are to be truly equal in choices, dignity and respect for each other.”