Women’s Day strengthened by connection and visibility

A group of women gathered on International Women’s Day at Caloundra’s Happy Days Café, being one of many groups gathering across the Coast and the country today. They shared a meal, a laugh, and a connection that has the power to change someone’s life. For Caloundra resident Lesley Muir, the bond between women is highlighted and enhanced by International Women’s Day.

“This morning I am sharing breakfast with friends because it is International Women’s Day. We always have a get together on this day,” Mrs Muir said.

Lesley Muir (Pictured at head of table) gathers with friends at Caloundra’s Happy Days Cafe to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Lesley Muir (Pictured at head of table) gathers with friends at Caloundra’s Happy Days Cafe to celebrate International Women’s Day.

“I think these days we are all very independent, strong women so it is important that we stick together and support one another. Especially with so much domestic violence, connecting with women lets them know there is support there for them.

“I believe these types of connections should start when women are very young. Sometimes women are seeing violence in their lives from a young age and they know no different. Through connection we can show them it is good to talk about it, and maybe stop the cycle of abuse.”

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said we need to look no further than our immediate family, friends and colleagues to see examples of strong women.

“On International Women’s Day we tend to draw on renowned women from history,” Mr McArdle said.

“While those women are important to our country and our history, we need to celebrate and honour the women in our day-to-day lives who are, in their own right, just as powerful and important.

“Today we honour our wives and partners, mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters. The women who are often the unseen threads that hold the fabric of our society together.

“We need to stand by them, encourage them and respect the vitally important connections they forge with each other and thereby all of us,” Mr McArdle concluded.