This week saw our Australian staff coming together to celebrate women's achievements, to engage in important discussions and share thoughts, to raise awareness against bias, and to take action for equality. Our staff also took part in the IWD 2021 #ChooseToChallenge campaign – "We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world."
Business Chicks IWD Breakfast Event
On Wednesday 10 March, staff from DWF's Melbourne office hosted a table at the Business Chicks IWD Breakfast Event. Business Chicks is a global movement of women, with the aim of helping all women play a bigger game and reimagining the future for women in business. The Business Chicks IWD Breakfast Event featured an incredible line-up of speakers, including the indomitable Kelly Cartwright OAM, Paralympian and motivational speaker; Nyadol Nyuon, lawyer and human-rights activist; and Wendy McCarthy AO, businesswoman, activist and writer.
Habitat for Humanity Australia – Brush with Kindness
In recognition of IWD 2021, staff from DWF's Brisbane office had the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Australia on their Brush with Kindness Corporate Volunteering program.
Habitat works in partnership with the Women’s Community Aid Association (WCAA), a service that works to ensure the empowerment of women who have experienced gendered violence and seeks to create a community consciousness committed to the ending of violence against women and children. WCAA auspices Shelta, Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors’ Support Centre and Southwest Support – Sexual Violence Prevention are all services that support women and children with advocacy, accessing legal services, education, medical assistance, refuge, housing, sexual assault counselling and community education.
In support of Habitat's vision, on Thursday 11 March DWF's Brisbane staff volunteered their time and prepared surfaces and painted the interior of buildings used to provide training and support services.
Commenting on the program, Lex Orange, DWF Principal Lawyer said, "The day was a great opportunity for the team from DWF to support Habitat for Humanity and WCAA. In addition to spending the day painting internal parts of a re-purposed building made available by the Brisbane City Council, we were provided with a first-hand account of its proposed use, the benefits it will deliver and the beneficial impact which such centres have for those suffering from the trauma of domestic violence. I can speak for the whole of the DWF team in saying that it was a privilege to be able to contribute in a small way so as to assist those organisations to continue their valued services. DWF looks forward to another opportunity to assist in the future".
Also commenting on the program and IWD, Gabriella Crow, DWF Solicitor added, "In the last week, social media and the news has been filled with the stories of women of all cultures and backgrounds, sharing their experiences of feeling unsafe in their communities because of their gender – sadly that feeling that is still all too common. We are proud to have partnered with Habitat for Humanity, and to have been given the opportunity to lend a hand to these wonderful organisations who are fighting every day to make our communities safer for women, and to empower those women who have experienced gendered violence".