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International Women’s Day 2018

International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme:

With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo#TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

And while we know that gender parity won’t happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there’s indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.

So we can’t be complacent. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

International Women’s Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let’s all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let’s all Press for Progress.

Details of local events in the Macleay region will be published soon.




On behalf of Kempsey Families Inc. and the Kempsey Domestic Violence Monitoring Committee, I would like to update the community on events unfolding  for the next International Women’s Day in the Macleay Valley.

For 8 years now a dedicated team of committed women have hosted the “Women of the Macleay Awards “where local women are recognised by nominations from the community for achievments that have made a difference to the lives of many. Often they are nominated and recognised for being quiet achievers, change makers, overcoming adversity and/or  striving for a safer, more inclusive world.

To date over 20 women from a range of fields and backgrounds have been named as” Women of the Macleay”and received the accolades of the community in celebrations each March 8th.

This year the IWD working group have decided not to host the Women of The Macleay awards and are instead focusing on the planning and implementation of a bench seat at Riverside Park to forever honour the Women of the Macleay from the past and into the future.  The seat will be unveiled at IWD in 2019. The working group have engaged a local mosaic artist to enhance the vision and structure to truly reflect the Macleay Valley and the women the community recognises each year.

Kempsey Shire Council has provided support to date and the local Business Womens Network has also supported this plan. A key component of this plan is to utilise fundraising options and community engagement  to see this seat become a reality.

This year for IWD the Gladstone Art Gallery is hosting a women’s art show and the Kempsey Business Women’s Network is hosting an early breakfast (more details  will be provided soon).

Best regards

June Wilson
Executive Officer
Kempsey Families Inc.


Our Funding

We are funded by the Department of Family and Community Services under the Early Intervention Prevention Program and Families NSW. Engage2Change Men’s Behaviour Change Project is funded by NSW Office of Women. Speakout4kids is funded by the Benevolent Society.

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