South Australia celebrates International Women’s Day today during the state’s 125th year of women’s suffrage

11 Mar 2019 newsmedia

Women and men stand in unity for gender equality today as the world celebrates International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 annually and this year’s theme is “more powerful together”. Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said today was an important day to recognise past achievements, as well as look to the future.

“This year’s International Women’s Day is particularly significant as we commemorate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia – a landmark achievement for women’s rights and gender equality in our state,” said Minister Lensink.

“South Australian men and women should feel proud we were the first state where women won the right to vote and stand in parliament and we should remember those who fought for equality for a better today.

“Since then, so much has been achieved for women’s rights when we have been unified in our pursuit for gender equality and this is when we see real changes that have a positive impact on women’s lives – but we still have a way to go.”

Today, nominations for the State Government’s Women’s Honour Roll open, an important State Government initiative that recognises the efforts of women who can often go unnoticed in our community.

“I encourage people to nominate an outstanding woman in their community to be added to the roll,” said Minister Lensink.

“We all know them – strong, dedicated women committed to raising others up and contributing to significant positive outcomes in their communities. The honour roll is a way we can formally recognise these sometimes unsung heroes and acknowledge their hard work and achievements.”

Nominations can be submitted on behalf of a person (including those deceased), or by self-nomination, until Friday June 14, 2019.

The Women’s Honour Roll is run by the Office for Women and inductees are decided by a panel of community members.

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