On the 10th March 2008, WAMS hosted an International Women’s
Day Event. The theme this year was “100 Years of Women in Paid
& Unpaid Employment” which was targeted to all women within
the Walgett Shire.
The event commenced with the Women of Walgett Shire
Walk – Fox Street March from Euroka Street to Walgett
The goal was to celebrate the achievements of Women
within Walgett Shire and recognise the rights of Women
globally by facilitating a high profile march through Walgett
Central Business District.
WAMS Officers on the day were Georgiana N Butt (Sexual
Health Coordinator/Registered Nurse), Matty Fields (Public
Health Officer), Annette Kennedy (Aboriginal Health Worker
Midwifery Program) and Karnie Walford (Family Health
Partner Organisations included Walgett Shire Council, Country
Women’s Association, NSW Premier’s Office and Office for Women.
On the day fifty nine women from the Walgett Shire participated in the March. Nine
Walgett Community College Primary School Student’s participated and another thirty
women attended the breakfast and Community presentations at Walgett Sporting Club.
Senior Constable Tim Preston marched along side his family in support for Walgett Shire
women and assisted Walgett Police in traffic control for the event.
Participants who marched were from various locations within the Shire including Walgett,
Collarenebri and Lightning Ridge. Many marched with infants and young children displaying
a respect for those pioneer Women of the past, and a belief in the young generation who will
be our future Women of Walgett Shire.
Inspired by the International theme of 100 Years of Women in Paid and Unpaid
Employment, WAMS wanted to recognise the contributions and achievements
that local women have made and continue to make within our community.
Walgett Shire Council keenly supported this concept and thus a partnership
was formed to showcase our local Women for International Women’s
WAMS began designing a banner to be carried down Fox Street in
celebration of the achievements of our local Women in paid and
unpaid employment. Local businesses and Community Members were
asked to contribute a photograph of women who may have inspired
them in some way or lead by example for inclusion in the banner.
WAMS also collected images of Women in work within Walgett Shire
today to represent the work of Women in past enabling such varied
choice of employment in the present.
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With our proud banner in hand, WAMS coordinated the opening if International
Women’s Day 2008 with a march down Fox Street to showcase how inspiring
our local women are. WAMS gave a variety of beaded necklaces to
participants in the colours of International Women’s Day – Green,
White/Gold and Violet representing growth, new dawn and strength.
These colours also stand for ‘Give Women the Vote”.
Walgett Country Women’s Association coordinated a scrumptious
cooked breakfast followed by the presentation of awards for
Women nominated by the Community and coordinated by Walgett
Shire Council. The following Women were recipients:
Rural Relations Award Ms Jill Roughly
Indigenous Innovation Ms June Barker
Community Contribution Ms Barbara Moritz
Customer Commitment Ms Linda Schemtzer
Women with Vision Ms Jan Gudgeon
The Special Award* Mr Tim Preston
(*Those who support Women within our Community)
WAMS were thrilled to have received five nominations for Women within
the Organisation who have contributed to the Walgett Community. The
Women of Vision
Women of Vision
A larger number of participants attended for the Women of Walgett Shire Walk, some of whom had
travelled to attend the event. Having the opportunity to represent Walgett Women and walk for such an
inspiring event was truly rewarding. Organisers and Community Representatives stated how lovely it was
to see so many WAMS employee’s in uniform attending the march to show their support for the event
- comments that made us as WAMS Women very proud indeed!
Many positive comments were made about how ‘refreshing’ and ‘important’ the morning had been.
WAMS beaded necklaces were also an important contribution with many women wearing
them during the march and stating they were a significant symbol of Women’s Rights.
Walgett Community College Primary School Students held the banner at the
completion of the march being a symbol of hope of future generations of Women
within our community. The partnerships formed and strengthened during the
event between WAMS, Walgett Shire Council and other participants is one of the
highlights of this activity being a representation of what Women can achieve when
united in action.
The WAMS International Women’s Day Banner was one of the many highlights
of this event that may continue to grow and reflect the inspiring women of our
community for future generations.
The ability to work in partnership with other organisations is a reflection of
the commitment WAMS have to the Walgett Community and building on these
networks is vital to ensuring successful health promotion events for the future.
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