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In honour of International Women’s Day on 8 March, the group, who held their first event in 2017, have expanded from a one-day format to a week-long event from 5-11 March that will be jam-packed with inspiring events for the whole Sunshine Coast to enjoy.

The WINDO International Women’s Week festival aims to contribute to positive social and cultural change for the empowerment of women in the Noosa and Sunshine Coast region, which is home to around 300,000 women and girls.

In 2018, Australian women are still far from socially equal to Australian men. Australia ranks only 35th for women’s equality according to The World Economic Forum’s most recentGlobal Gender Gap Report, lagging significantly in women’s economic and political empowerment. In addition, Australian women experience a high incidence of violence, with one in three Australian women reporting having experienced physical violence and one in five Australian women having experienced sexual violence.

WINDO Inc. founder Jeanette Dal Santo said for women and girls to be truly equal in our society, their rights and contribution need to be equally seen, heard, valued and celebrated.

“That’s why at this time in history, this festival is a vital addition to our region’s calendar and to the future development of our cultural identity,” she said.

“We are so excited to be collaborating with many of the region’s community leaders to bring to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast these innovative programs featuring some of Australia’s most interesting thinkers along with a fantastic line up of local performing artists.”

The first three events of the festival have been announced with a photographic exhibition, Window to a Women’s Soul, running from 6-30 March at The J, Noosa Heads. This free exhibition is a dedication to the extraordinary women of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, as nominated by the community.

It features 24 stunning portraits by local photographer, Susan Hudson, to the audio-visual backdrop of highlights from each woman’s story, as interviewed by Noosa FM’s Women’s Conversations presenter, Josanne Falla.

Let’s Hear It For The Girls is a variety show that will also be held at The J on 8 March. This will be an evening of inspiring and thought-provoking speakers, music, singing and dancing for women, men and teens.

The line-up includes comedic Muslim speaker and media personality Husna Pasha (pictured), champion of women’s authentic beauty and former Project Runway Australia judge, Sarah Gale, and international leadership trainer and men’s health advocate, Paul Tribe.

The third event is a seminar and morning tea, Just Don’t Shimmer, Shine, to be held on Tuesday 6 March at the Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre. This low cost event will feature five inspiring speakers who will share their personal life stories and learnings when they help to answer the question, what does it take for women and girls to feel strong, safe, powerful and heard in our community?

Member for Noosa Sandy Bolton said International Women’s Day on 8 March is a powerful example of what collective voices can do to create a better world.

“In 1908, it began when 15,000 women marched the streets of New York to make a difference. Appreciation of their efforts is through the continuation of their commitment, in the many arenas that now need our collective voices. So, this International Women’s Week, commit to being the change you want to see,” she said.

The WINDO International Women’s Week Festival has been warmly embraced and supported by the local business community, including event sponsors Noosa New Age Plumbing & Gas, Noosa Today, Noosa4Sale Real Estate, Stay Noosa, Laguna Signs, Elantis Premium Funding and Commonwealth Bank Tewantin. For tickets, membership and more information, please visit:www.windowomen.org.

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Let's Hear it for the Girls

Noosa-based women’s group WINDO Inc. (Women Initiating New Directions Organisation) has announced Noosa’s first ever week-long celebration of Queensland’s International Women’s Week.

by @joleneogle on Wednesday, 31 Jan, 2018

In honour of International Women’s Day on 8 March, the group, who held their first event in 2017, have expanded from a one-day format to a week-long event from 5-11 March that will be jam-packed with inspiring events for the whole Sunshine Coast to enjoy.

The WINDO International Women’s Week festival aims to contribute to positive social and cultural change for the empowerment of women in the Noosa and Sunshine Coast region, which is home to around 300,000 women and girls.

In 2018, Australian women are still far from socially equal to Australian men. Australia ranks only 35th for women’s equality according to The World Economic Forum’s most recentGlobal Gender Gap Report, lagging significantly in women’s economic and political empowerment. In addition, Australian women experience a high incidence of violence, with one in three Australian women reporting having experienced physical violence and one in five Australian women having experienced sexual violence.

WINDO Inc. founder Jeanette Dal Santo said for women and girls to be truly equal in our society, their rights and contribution need to be equally seen, heard, valued and celebrated.

“That’s why at this time in history, this festival is a vital addition to our region’s calendar and to the future development of our cultural identity,” she said.

“We are so excited to be collaborating with many of the region’s community leaders to bring to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast these innovative programs featuring some of Australia’s most interesting thinkers along with a fantastic line up of local performing artists.”

The first three events of the festival have been announced with a photographic exhibition, Window to a Women’s Soul, running from 6-30 March at The J, Noosa Heads. This free exhibition is a dedication to the extraordinary women of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, as nominated by the community.

It features 24 stunning portraits by local photographer, Susan Hudson, to the audio-visual backdrop of highlights from each woman’s story, as interviewed by Noosa FM’s Women’s Conversations presenter, Josanne Falla.

Let’s Hear It For The Girls is a variety show that will also be held at The J on 8 March. This will be an evening of inspiring and thought-provoking speakers, music, singing and dancing for women, men and teens.

The line-up includes comedic Muslim speaker and media personality Husna Pasha (pictured), champion of women’s authentic beauty and former Project Runway Australia judge, Sarah Gale, and international leadership trainer and men’s health advocate, Paul Tribe.

The third event is a seminar and morning tea, Just Don’t Shimmer, Shine, to be held on Tuesday 6 March at the Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre. This low cost event will feature five inspiring speakers who will share their personal life stories and learnings when they help to answer the question, what does it take for women and girls to feel strong, safe, powerful and heard in our community?

Member for Noosa Sandy Bolton said International Women’s Day on 8 March is a powerful example of what collective voices can do to create a better world.

“In 1908, it began when 15,000 women marched the streets of New York to make a difference. Appreciation of their efforts is through the continuation of their commitment, in the many arenas that now need our collective voices. So, this International Women’s Week, commit to being the change you want to see,” she said.

The WINDO International Women’s Week Festival has been warmly embraced and supported by the local business community, including event sponsors Noosa New Age Plumbing & Gas, Noosa Today, Noosa4Sale Real Estate, Stay Noosa, Laguna Signs, Elantis Premium Funding and Commonwealth Bank Tewantin. For tickets, membership and more information, please visit:www.windowomen.org.

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