Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018
The SCLAA is pleased to join the celebration of International Women’s Day today, 8 March, where we highlight the importance of the achievements and continued challenge of working for gender parity globally.
As a global celebration, International Women’s Day provides the opportunity to identify the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and has been observed since the early 1900’s. This was a time of turbulence and great expansion in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. It is a collective day of all the history and future landscape of women’s experience and it is on this day that we remember and recognize this. Whatever industry or field or stage of life women are at their contribution is immeasurable. Women’s contribution adds not only financial benefits to all economies but also adds an unyielding strength to the fabric of all civilisations and society.
I was fortunate to be a guest of the Queensland Trucking Association Women in Logistics breakfast held in Brisbane yesterday and the group of outstanding individuals who all have a story to tell was exceptional. Belinda Polglase, Project Manager All Purpose Transport and 2017 QTA Trucking Woman of the Year Winner, gave an insight into her amazing life and what travel, experience and a passion for lifelong learning had given her with one key message Press for Progress. Michelle Black, Retrieval Medicine Nurse Manage Life flight, who is a passionate advocate for women’s rights in a male dominated industry has a remarkable career with a change late in life to Life Flight that instils her with passion and is a remarkable change agent for the industry. Michelle who is a leader in her field states that Life Flight is a way of life and their mission is to not only save lives but to serve the community through the provision of rapid response critical care.
Particular mention goes to Varenya Mohan-Ram, National Business Relationship Manager TWUSUPER, who paid a particularly moving tribute to his mother and all the women in his life for without them he stated he would not be achieving the life he has without their dedication and sacrifice to make him the man he is today. Varenya also stated that a solid relationship and female family members support many of the outstanding men in society and help them achieve their success to make a difference in the world.
It would unfair to omit mention of all the wonderful women in my life who take on so many roles and I thank them for their amazing support. When I say this I mean the truck drivers, the Operational staff, the medical staff, the accountants, lawyers, supply chain specialists, the carers, the friends, the confidantes and the inspiring women leaders who surround me and inspire me to greater heights everyday. It is from all their experience that I gain true resilience and for this I am thankful.
The SCLAA is also pleased to announce the upcoming Women in Logistics lunch in Melbourne on Friday, 3 August. This truly will be an event like no other, it will challenge your perceptions and make you want to stand up and be counted, a not to miss event.
In conclusion, whatever you do on this International Women’s Day don’t forget to acknowledge those women in your life who continue to support, inspire, challenge and drive themselves to make it a better world for all of us.
In the words of the suffragettes: ”Deeds not Words” “Courage is a muscle” and “Men of quality do not fear equality”.
Happy International Women’s Day from all of us at the SCLAA