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International Women's Day 2012

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated throughout the world on March 8. First declared in 1910 and first celebrated in 1911 this important day, celebrates the past, present and future economic, political and social achievements of women. It is a day to focus on women's accomplishments and on opportunities for future generations of women.

This year's theme 'everything is possible', supports the Queensland Government's priority to increase the number of women pursuing non-traditional careers in the mining, science, engineering, construction, transport and technology industries.

The 'everything is possible' message encourages women and girls to challenge stereotypes, explore career options and embrace the opportunities that Queensland has to offer in traditionally male-dominated sectors.

Brisbane event

The Department hosted an International Women's Day staff event to celebrate and acknowledge women's personal and professional achievements, in traditional and non-traditional roles.

Director-General Julie Grantham provided an opening address to begin the day's festivities.

Craig Allen, Assistant Director-General, Human Resources hosted the event and introduced some inspirational speakers and a wonderful singer.

Guest speakers for this event were:

Entertainment on the day was provided by Koda-Jo Berry. Koda-Jo Berry is a talented writer/singer and teacher from Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE.

Regional Events

In Mackay, Diversity in partnership with Central Queensland Region and Central Queensland Institute of TAFE hosted an International Women's Day BBQ Breakfast event for staff at the Victoria Park State School Hall.

Assistant Regional Director John Wessel, TAFE Institute Director, Gary Kinnon and other male regional leaders cooked a barbecue breakfast for local female DETE employees. Guest speakers Heather Nancarrow and Lyn Forbes-Smith provide an personal and professional insight into their lives. The event was a great opportunity for staff to network and celebrate the achievements of women across the region.

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