International Women’s Day
On Thursday 8 March, the Year 12 Women’s Studies class held its annual International Women’s Day morning tea which was attended by parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, politicians and other supporters of the students in the class such as the DHS Board. The event was opened by a Welcome to Country delivered by Sue Raymond and was followed by a supportive and encouraging speech by the Hon. Eva Lawler MLA, Minister for Education.
By Women's Studies teacher Mrs Jackie Dupe
Our guest speaker this year was prominent business woman and Darwin local, Darlene Chin. Her speech was inspirational, telling us about her family ties to Darwin and how her family supported her in her career, especially her grandmother and her father. She told us funny stories about the way she started her menswear business; but she also shared her heartbreak at how she was treated as a young woman in some of the first jobs she had after leaving school. She encouraged everyone at the morning tea to be strong, speak out and work hard – great advice for women and girls, men and boys of any age.
The feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive and gave students and their guests alike much to think about and act upon in regard to equity and equality at school and in the wider community. Many students attended the International Women’s Day NT 2018 march which was held in the city on Saturday 10 March. It was wonderful to see the happiness and community spirit shared by people of all ages on the day.