Inspiring change within regional communities on International Women’s Day

3 March 2014

International Women’s Day will be celebrated around the world on 8 March as a day to honour women’s actions and achievements, and recognise continuing challenges in achieving equity and fairness.

Pacific Hydro is holding events in our host communities within Australia to mark the day.

The celebrations feature a high tea for secondary school students and staff with local guest speakers and Pacific Hydro staff delivering inspirational talks that encourage students to think broadly about their career opportunities.

Pacific Hydro Executive Manager, Human Resources Australia, Elizabeth Durham, said International Women’s Day is an important date for women all around the world.

“The International Women’s Day community events are showcasing some inspirational and successful women sharing their experiences in education, the workforce, and day to day life with local students,” said Ms Durham.

“One of the biggest issues facing regional communities in Australia is young people leaving their communities and not returning.”

“With so many talented young women living in these areas, we hope that the events inspire them to think broadly but also locally about the many different career opportunities available to them as they enter their final years of schooling,” added Ms Durham.

The celebrations for International Women’s Day are taking place in Port Broughton, SA (near our Clements Gap Wind Farm), in Ararat, VIC (near our Challicum Hills Wind Farm), and in Portland, VIC (near our Cape Bridgewater and Cape Nelson South wind farms).

Pacific Hydro’s Global Diversity Strategy aims to increase the number of opportunities for women within the business, especially in senior management roles. Many of our female employees work in non-traditional fields and PHA values the skills and attributes that come from a diverse workplace.

A lunch will also held in the Melbourne office in celebration, with staff from the Working Mums Group providing a presentation on the day. Lane Crockett, Pacific Hydro’s General Manager for Australia, will be also involved, and will talk about the impact that unbalanced gender representation has on climate change and environmental outcomes.

The theme for International Women’s Day in 2014 is Inspiring Change. Thousands of events will be held worldwide to mark the day.  For more information visit www.internationalwomensday.com

 

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