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International Women's Day 2012

February 29 2012

International Women's Day 2012

Department of Education and Training staff are invited to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March.

School and corporate staff can tune in to a live webcast of the United Nations Women International Women's Day breakfast from 7am.

Students from more than 20 high schools including Cavendish Road State High School, Rochedale State High School and Milpera State High School will attend the breakfast at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

International guest speaker will be Nikone Nanong, managing director of Nikone Handicrafts in Laos, whose business has brought a dramatic improvement in people's lives including increasing school attendance by 50 per cent, improving housing for families and the implementation of a voluntary savings fund.

STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) teachers will recognise the day with a professional development workshop and breakfast co-hosted by the Office for Women, Women in Engineering and the Queensland University of Technology. The workshop will be held from 7.30am-9am at the Garden Lounge, O Block, Queensland University of Technology Gardens Point campus, Brisbane.

Department of Education and Training (DET) Assistant Director-General, Human Resources, Craig Allen will host a lunch in Brisbane which will feature an opening address by Director-General Julie Grantham, inspirational speakers and entertainment.

The event will be held at the Ground Floor Auditorium, 111 George Street, Brisbane on 8 March from noon to 1pm. Numbers are limited. To RSVP contact DET Diversity on (07) 3237 0415 or via email by COB Monday 5 March.

Central Queensland Regional Director Wayne Butler and Central Queensland TAFE Institute director Gary Kinnon will don aprons to cook breakfast for staff from 7am at the Victoria Park State School Hall.

These events are just some of hundreds which will be held across Queensland to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women.

First declared in 1910 and first celebrated in 1911, International Women's Day is celebrated worldwide and focuses on women's accomplishments and future opportunities.

Free resources are available from the Office for Women website to complement any 2012 celebrations and events.

Information about community International Women's Day events being hosted across Queensland can be found on the Office for Women Community Calendar.