International Women’s Day Morning Tea at Strathfield Council

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Strathfield Council together with members of the local and wider community, will celebrate International Women’s Day with a morning tea on Friday 8 March 2024.

Jane Caro AM will be the keynote speaker for the 2024 Strathfield Council International Women’s Day morning tea. Jane is a Walkley Award winning columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator. She spent 35 years as an award-winning copywriter and 7 years teaching Advertising Creative in the School of Communication Arts at Western Sydney University.

Jane will be joined by Cindi Petersen from The Girls Refuge. The Girls Refuge offers short term, crisis accommodation in a safe, home-like environment for girls aged 13 to 17 years who are going through a difficult time and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Girls Refuge has been operating for over 40 years and was one of the first youth refuges in NSW.

Event Information

When: Friday 8 March 2024, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Strathfield Town Hall, Redmyre Road Strathfield NSW 2135

Morning tea will be provided.

The outlay for this event is $30 per person and while Council is hosting the event free of charge to attendees, we encourage all attendees to keep this in mind and make a donation (to the amount of their choosing) to The Girls Refuge, a not-for-profit organisation that offers short term, crisis accommodation in a safe, home-like environment for girls aged 13 to 17 years who are going through a difficult time and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

You can make your donation by clicking here. All proceeds are donated directly to The Girls Refuge.

For more information about The Girls Refuge, please visit their website.

Registrations are now open and can be made by clicking on this link.

Jane Caro AM (Member of the Order of Australia) is a Walkley Award winning columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator. She spent 35 years as an award-winning copywriter and 7 years teaching Advertising Creative in the School of Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. These days she is a full-time writer, social commentator, speaker and broadcaster. In August 2023 she won the B&T Women in Media Lifetime Achievement Award.

She has published thirteen books, including a trilogy of YA novels about Elizabeth Tudor Just a Girl, Just a Queen and Just Flesh & Blood, a memoir Plain Speaking Jane, and Accidental Feminists the life story of women over 50. Her first novel for adults, The Mother, is a bestseller.

She appears frequently on The Drum & Today Extra. She created and presented 5 documentary series for ABC Compass, airing in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is in demand as a speaker, panel facilitator and MC. She writes a regular column in Nine Media and her opinion pieces and articles appear frequently in The Saturday Paper, The Guardian and The Big Smoke. She is currently developing a TV series about education and is writing her second novel for adults.

She is on the boards of The Public Education Foundation and Every Age Counts. She is an Ambassador for The Older Women’s Network.

The Girls Refuge offers short term, crisis accommodation in a safe, home-like environment for girls aged 13 to 17 years who are going through a difficult time and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Girls Refuge has been operating for over 40 years and was one of the first youth refuges in NSW.

The Girls Refuge is located in Sydney’s inner west and each year cares for over 200 girls and young women either at the refuge or in the community. The refuge has eight beds for short term stays and also provides support to families and young women who are living independently.

It’s managed by Detour House Inc along with ‘Detour House’, another service for women also in the heart of Sydney. The services are operated by experienced staff and overseen by a management committee of professional women from the local business and health community. The Girls Refuge and Detour House are funded by the Department of Communities and Justice as Specialist Homelessness Services to provide people in crisis with safe and secure accommodation and housing.

For more information about The Girls Refuge, please click here.

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