Women gather to celebrate international day



ALMOST 300 women gathered at Gladstone's Police Citizens Youth Club yesterday, and there wasn't a burnt bra in sight. As part of International Women's Day, women from all walks of life came together to share their experiences.

Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited (GAPDL) events development co-ordinator Nicola Payne said it was the sixth year the event had been staged in Gladstone and it had been met with resounding success.

'Women see it as an opportunity to celebrate their roles in the community and it's also a chance for them to network ? everyone from industry workers to office employees and stay-at-home mums have come to take part in the day,' she said.

She said women had overcome a number of obstacles since being given the right to vote 100 years ago and they continued to face pressures in day-to-day life.

'International Women's Day is an important time to recognise the sacrifices our mothers and grandmothers made for us,' she said.

During the day the women were entertained by belly dancers and students from Rosella Park School who officially launched the day by signing the national anthem, Ms Payne said.



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