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Home > News > 2018 > February > IWD 2018 Leave No Woman Behind: Help women secure their right to safety

IWD 2018 Leave No Woman Behind: Help women secure their right to safety

Topics : Equity

IWD2018-Story-Hero-Facebook.jpgWomen are losing their livelihoods, families and lives to natural disasters. We can’t afford for women to lose their voices. 

We need to stand alongside these women to help give them the stronger voice they deserve. 

“Leave no woman behind” is the focus and theme of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD). Held on March 8, the day highlights the ways in which natural disasters impact on women and girls, and the vital role women play in humanitarian and disaster planning and response. 

Women’s knowledge and expertise in planning for and responding to disasters and conflict is needed to protect and empower women and girls so that they can survive through natural disasters, be supported through recovery and thrive into the future. 

UN Women (the UN agency supporting women’s initiatives) has also highlighted that women and girls are more likely to be subject to gender-based violence due to increased frustration and helplessness surrounding disaster settings. 

Chapter action 

IEUA-QNT members are encouraged to start conversations at a Chapter level and discuss how we all can better support women, within our own communities and beyond, at times of vulnerability.

Conversations like these are what spark change in community standards, and create a better, safer world for all.

As part of our 2018 International Women’s Day celebrations, Chapters are asked to support a collective culture in school workplaces by organising Chapter activities such as:

  • hold a celebratory IWD morning tea on Thursday, 8 March 2018;
  • make a statement of solidarity and celebrate the achievements of those women who deal daily with adversity and disaster;
  • provide a photo of Chapter celebrations for inclusion in Independent Voice and our union’s digital communications including social media (please email these to communications@qieu.asn.au
  • urge your colleagues to join us (or to renew their union membership);
  • join our union’s Equity Committee (email your interest to briefing@qieu.asn.au)
  • Download the UN Women IWD resources for schools kit for ideas on how to celebrate IWD2018 with your school community. The kit contains case studies, classroom activities and information on how students can make a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world.

IWD transforms lives 
Northern Territory teacher and convenor of our union’s Equity Committee Louise Lenzo said the day gives us all the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of women affected by adversity. 

“While it is important to celebrate how far we as women have come, we must face the stark reality that many women continue to live without their basic right to safety. 

“In the midst of adversity women have demonstrated leadership, consideration for all and an organisational capacity that has made wide use of scare resources. 

“Their voices should not have to wait for an act of disaster — their voice should be heard loud and clear always — and always for a better world. 

“By supporting IWD, we are supporting the critical work UN Women do to ensure women’s voices are heard,” Ms Lenzo said. 

Please remember to send photographs of your events to communications@qieu.asn.au to be published in our journal and on social media. 

Find out more about International Women’s Day at www.unwomen.org.au

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.