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Clare Bowditch hosts Gippsland International Women Day event in Warragul on 9 March 2023

Award-winning musician, actor, author, and broadcaster Clare Bowditch will headline Baw Baw Shire Council and Women in Gippsland's International Women's Day event in Warragul on Thursday 9 March.

By news@gippsland - 13th January 2023 - Back to News

A prolific singer-songwriter, award-winning musician, actor, author, and broadcaster Clare Bowditch has toured extensively with diverse artists such as Powderfinger, Leonard Cohen, and Paul Kelly:

  • Won an ARIA for best female artist
  • Written a best-selling memoir
  • Received a Logie nomination for her role in hit TV series Offspring
  • Hosted 'Afternoons' on ABC Melbourne
  • Trained as a life-coach

Clare also launched Big Hearted Business, a movement to teach creative people about business, and business people about creativity.

Celebrate with a night of networking and fun in the Arts Centre forecourt before heading into the theatre to hear from our keynote speaker, Clare Bowditch

Celebrate with a night of networking and fun in the Arts Centre forecourt before heading into the theatre to hear from our keynote speaker, Clare Bowditch

Uniting and connecting with women

Using stories from her own struggles and triumphs, Clare will talk about 'counting yourself in,' developing your own inner-champion, and living a life of purpose and joy. Clare will be supported by a panel of inspiring local women who will share how they have counted themselves in.

The event will begin in the West Gippsland Arts Centre forecourt from 5pm, with music, market stalls, food trucks and entertainment, before moving into the theatre for the main event from 7pm. Tickets are currently on sale at $39 for general admission and $20 for students and concession card holders. All proceeds will go to not-for-profit Women in Gippsland to support its advocacy and event work. You can purchase your tickets at International Women's Day 2023 page.

It is the fourth year council and Women in Gippsland have partnered to deliver an International Women's Day event, with previous speakers including Jamila Rizvi, Sarah Davidson, and Em Rusciano.

Encouraging all women

Mayor Cr Annemarie McCabe said, "Vast reams of research show that women are far more likely to step aside or defer to men - to not apply for that job, to not speak up in the meeting, to be overlooked for promotion, or to abandon creative or athletic pursuits at a greater rate. I'd like to encourage all women to make 2023 the year they count themselves in; whatever that may look like for them."

"Council is making progress in the advancement of gender equity, but there is still much to do. I am proud that in 2024, Baw Baw Shire will host the Australian Local Government Women's Association conference for the first time, bringing together female councillors and women in community leadership to celebrate successes, plan for the future and encourage women to count themselves in and consider running for council." Mayor McCabe said.

Hearing stories from women

Cr Jazmin Tauru said, "In August, council reaffirmed its position as a signatory to the Victorian Local Government Association's Women's Charter and appointed me as Charter Champion. I'm proud to count myself in as a champion for women and an advocate for equality."

"International Women's Day is always an inspiring event and I know I feel energised after hearing the stories and experiences of women. I encourage everyone to buy a ticket and support gender equity in Gippsland." Cr Tauru said.

Achieving gender - equality

Cr Tricia Jones said, "International Women's Day celebrates women and girls while highlighting the progress still required to achieve gender equality. I am looking forward to a fun night of networking, inspiration and connection."

Women in Gippsland co-founder Kerry Wilson said, "As women in Australia, we get paid less, do the lion's share of unpaid labour, and modify our behaviour to feel safer everyday. Inequality is everywhere and it can feel overwhelming when there's still so much work to be done to change it."

"That's why recognising and celebrating International Women's Day is still so important. While we can't change inequality in one night, what we can do is carve out space for care, joy and self-championing. Join us for a night of love, laughter, oversharing and possibly tears as we bring you another incredible, not to be missed event with our partners Baw Baw Shire." Ms Wilson said.

Pictures from Baw Baw Shire Council website.


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