Intereach raising hands high for International Women’s Day

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Collage of intereach staff members with one hand up to support International Women

Intereach staff across its offices in southern NSW and northern/central Victoria are raising their hands high to support International Women’s Day.

Staff are joining the challenge to pledge their support for the day and its theme #ChooseToChange. The Intereach challenge is being led by its International Women’s Day champion, Mardi Chartres.

The #ChooseToChange theme this year aims to highlight the importance of challenging biases and misconceptions, in the interest of creating a more inclusive and gender-equal world.

The global initiative is encouraging supporters to raise their hand high to show they are committed to ‘choose to challenge and call out inequality’.

“Members of our Intereach team have joined the challenge, pledging support by holding their hand up high and taking a photograph as recognition of their commitment,” Mrs Chartres said.

“These photos, from across our footprint, are our way of saying we support the day and its theme.

“As a collective, we have the means to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes and help forge an inclusive world,” Mrs Chartres said.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, as groups come together to celebrate

women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. The day is marked annually on March 8.

IWD has support of the 17 Intereach offices, which operate across the Riverina/Murray, central and northern Victoria and the Mallee, and its team of more than 400 employees and 100 volunteers. Intereach supports children and families, older people, people living with disability, mental health and carers.