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Climate for change and gender equality explored at International Women’s Day high tea


Georges River Council will be hosting a high tea on Friday 8 March to celebrate International Women’s Day, which will include a panellist discussion of how to achieve ‘balance for better’ by supporting and championing women in leadership.

#BalanceforBetter is this year’s theme, and focuses on building a gender-balanced world, and identifying the absence of balance and celebrating its presence, in order to drive a better working world.

We are pleased to have proud Wailwan woman Georgia Durmush as our keynote speaker - Georgia resides locally and is a champion for Indigenous and women’s rights.

Ms Durmush has recently been awarded a scholarship to study a PhD at the Australian Catholic University, researching the importance of capitalising on the voices and agency of Indigenous youth in educational contexts.

Other panellists include Dr Barbara Ferguson OAM and Teresa Li. Dr Barbara Ferguson initiated the Centre for Refugee Research at UNSW, and the Postgraduate Program in International Social Development.  She has worked with refugees, orphans and war wounded civilians in Vietnam during the war there, and since retirement has been volunteering in the Democratic Republic of Congo, working with survivors of rape torture.

Teresa Li recently completed Year 12 and is a member of Council’s Youth Advisory Committee. She has recently entered into a degree at University of Sydney University studying studying Design Computing / Advanced Studies and is interested in self-development, gaming design, technology and entrepreneurship, creating and volunteering.

Funds raised at the event will be donated to a non-profit charity organisation supporting women at risk. Seats are limited and bookings are essential. Please RSVP. 

International Women’s Day 2019
Friday 8 March, 12.00pm – 2.00pm        
Where: The Gardens on Forest, 764 Forest Road, Peakhurst 
RSVP: Friday 22 February via 9330 6400 or

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