International Women's Day (IWD) is a day to recognise how far we’ve come towards gender equality, and also how far we have left to go. Back in 1911, only eight countries allowed women to vote, equal pay for equal work was unheard of – if women were allowed to work at all – and reproductive rights were non-existent.

We have come a long way. Whereas once women couldn’t vote, we’re now leading countries. While we once faced restrictions on where we worked, we’re now running corporations. In countries such as Australia, we have rights our grandmothers could only have dreamed about, but we still don’t have complete equality. And the majority of the world’s women aren’t anywhere near as close to that goal as we are.

More than 100 years ago, that first march was about ending harmful workplace conditions, equal rights, equal pay, and an end to exploitation.

"Here's to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”

International Women’s Day is all about celebrating the many social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women throughout history.

The 2020 IWD theme is #EachForEqual, which encourages all of us to help create a gender-equal world by challenging stereotypes, fighting biases, broadening perceptions and celebrating women's achievements.

Today Westport Campus had a special guest speaker at their formal assembly. The principal of Belle Property Port Macquarie, Sue Jogever, is an experienced and driven real estate agent. Through her extensive real estate knowledge and unwavering commitment to her clients, Sue has built the leading boutique agency in the greater Port Macquarie region.

A trusted adviser to her clients, Sue operates under the philosophy that relationships are crucial and she prides herself on her ability to build strong and enduring connections with her valued clients.

Sue believes the importance of giving back to her local community and is actively involved in causes that are close to her heart. She is a Founding Board Member for the Luminosity Youth Summit, Founding member for "If We All Had Wings" & held Youth Director/Communications director volunteer roles at Rotary Club of Port Macquarie.

Thank you, Sue, for your inspiring, encouraging and important words for our whole of the school community.