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Helen and Suzy guests at Zonta’s IWD breakfast

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Zonta Club of Bundaberg president Le-Anne Allan said the annual International Women’s Day breakfast theme for 2023 was to Build a Better World for Women and Girls.

The community is invited to hear from passionate locals Professor Helen Huntly OAM and Oodies café owner Suzy Evans at Zonta's International Women’s Day Breakfast.

For almost 100 years Australians have marked International Women’s Day and next month locals are invited to join Zonta for breakfast to celebrate.

President Le-Anne Allan said the theme for 2023 was to Build a Better World for Women and Girls.

Le-Anne said each year the Zonta Club Bundaberg’s International Women’s Day Breakfast focused on women from different walks of life.

“This year we celebrate two amazing women from different local backgrounds who have become recognised leaders in their very different vocations,” she said.

“Interestingly, both speakers grew up in the Bundaberg Region and are active in the community.

“We are excited to present special guest speaker, Emeritus Professor Huntly OAM, as many of us have followed Helen’s career develop over the four decades and watched her become a leading higher education educator.” 

Helen Huntly Zonta Breakfast
Bundaberg Professor Helen Huntly OAM celebrated 30 years of service with CQUniversity last year, and she was recognised as a Principal Fellow by the UK-based higher education academy.

Professor Huntly dedicated 41 years working within the education sector in Queensland, including the past 30 years in the tertiary sector with CQUniversity.

“Our second special guest speaker is Suzy Evans, co-owner of Oodies Café,” Le-Anne said.

“Suzy is a person who has, along with her sister Jenny, created a uniquely quintessential business which is Oodies.

“It’s all the crazy, quirky and cosy things you like best about being at home with your family or your mates.

“It’s great food, great people and live music that gives you chills when you need them most.

“Oodies is about good vibes for everybody.”

International Women's Day history

Le-Anne said Australia’s first International Women’s Day was held in 1928 in Sydney.

Organised by the Militant Women’s Movement, women called for equal pay for equal work, an eight-hour working day for shop girls and paid leave.

“The next year the event spread to Brisbane,” she said.

“In 1931, annual marches were launched in both Sydney and Melbourne and both marches continue to be held today.

“Since these early days, International Women’s Day has continued to grow. 

“International Women’s Day has become a time to reflect on progress, to call for change and to celebrate the courage and determination of the women who changed history, and those who will advance gender equality into the future.”

Zonta Club of Bundaberg has been celebrating local women and girls for more than 20 years with its annual breakfast event.

“Our International Women’s Day event is a day of friendships, advocacy, fun, celebrations and sisterhood where we all share in the celebrations of local women’s achievements,” Le-Anne said.

“All of our club’s local events, activities and actions focus on how we can ‘build a better world for women and girls’.”

Zonta's International Women’s Day Breakfast

When: Sunday 5 March 2023
Where: Rowers on the River
Tickets are available here.