The Archdiocese of Brisbane celebrated International Women’s Day with a morning tea for 75 employees raising funds for the “Share the Dignity” organisation.
There was an exploration of this year’s theme ‘Leave No Woman Behind’, in response to alarming research statistics surrounding female mortality.
Women and girls were found to be 14 times more likely to die or be injured than males in the wake of natural disasters.
The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami was a case in point, with many girls not knowing how to climb trees unlike their male counterparts. By climbing to safety many more boys survived than did girls.
Diane Lally, the Director of People and Culture for the Archdiocese, said attendees learned of the important roles women play in risk reduction, rebuilding, rehabilitation and peace processes.
“Women’s knowledge and expertise as leaders, planning for and responding to disasters and conflict can help protect and empower women and girls so that they can survive and thrive,” Ms Lally said.
“By supporting Share the Dignity’s work in our region, we are transforming the lives of women and girls for the better.
“Funds from today will help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.”