At Global Sisters, we’re dedicated to removing barriers to women’s economic security. Which is why when the theme for International Women’s Day 2024, “Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress” was announced, we knew our team and community had a lot to offer. This year incredible members of our Global Sisters team and our Sister community continued their advocacy towards women’s economic security – with many speaking at events across the country.

Global Sisters featured in Women’s Agenda

Women’s economic inequality is a pressing issue holding back our nation’s progress. Many Australian women are unpaid, underpaid, or underutilised in the economy by circumstances outside of their control, necessitating innovative solutions to dismantle these barriers. Urgent collective action is imperative to address these challenges, not only by removing obstacles hindering women’s economic participation but also by reforming the underlying systems and structures. Thank you to Women’s Agenda for amplifying our efforts and publishing this informative piece by our founder Mandy – read it here.

Our Sister Cyana hosting Future Alternative’s event

We are immensely proud of our Sister Cyana for hosting Future Alternative’s feature of Australia’s largest women-focused event on alternative protein. Hosted on International Women’s Day, the event celebrated the remarkable achievements of women in the plant-based food industry, both locally and globally. Drawing inspiration from our GRIT book she witnessed within the Global Sisters community, Cyana flawlessly orchestrated the event, marking a milestone in her learning journey. She credited the invaluable guidance and empowerment provided by Global Sisters for her growth. Well done, Cyana!

Our Founder Mandy Richards in conversation with Kirsty Muddle at Dentsu

Our founder, Mandy Richards, recently visited Dentsu for an absolutely incredible hour of discussion. Mandy engaged Dentsu’s team with practical insights on leveraging their collective skill sets to make an immediate impact on women facing hardship. It was an inspiring session that resonated deeply with Dentsu’s mission, leaving their team motivated to continue efforts towards gender empowerment and social change. We can’t wait to continue our impactful work alongside Dentsu in 2024.

Our Sister Fiona at the IWD breakfast by Wingecarribee Shire Council

Our Sister Fiona Harrison, founder of Chocolate on Purpose, was thrilled to be invited to speak at the 2024 International Women’s Day breakfast by Wingecarribee Shire Council and to participate in a Highland FM 107.1 Co-operative Limited Radio podcast alongside other esteemed speakers. Sharing space with such remarkable women was an honour. The theme for International Women’s Day, “Count Her In: Invest in Women – Accelerate Progress,” resonated deeply with Fiona, emphasising the importance of recognising and supporting women’s contributions locally and globally.

Our COO, Heather McLean-Thomson at the NSW Department of Education’s IWD event

Our COO, Heather McLean-Thomson, along with the powerhouse duo from the Aboriginal Women’s Advisory Network, Bianca Tini Brunozzi and Tammy Cargill, spoke at the NSW Department of Education’s IWD event held on the ancestral lands of the Burramattagal peoples of the Dharug. International Women’s Day isn’t merely a one-off occasion for organisations like Global Sisters and AWAN; it’s a commitment upheld day in, day out, 24/7, every year. The resonating theme of this year’s IWD, “Count Her In: Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress,” reflects genuine consideration both internally within the Department and externally in its work.

Global Sisters visits Tarrengower Prison

Two members of our team attended an event held at Tarrengower Prison on International Women’s Day. Guest speakers included two former Tarrengower residents who are now employed by Fruit to Work, sharing their personal experiences of reintegration into society after release, highlighting challenges such as employment discrimination due to criminal records and difficulties in rebuilding relationships and accessing services. Jo from the Global Sisters Team says: “Visiting Tarrengower Prison on International Women’s Day was a profoundly meaningful experience for me. It prompted deep reflection on the unique challenges confronted by women who have experienced incarceration. I began contemplating the obstacles they encounter upon reintegration into society. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, centred around ‘inclusion’, urged us to broaden our perspectives. Business presents a promising avenue for women’s economic inclusion, particularly considering the hurdles they often encounter in securing mainstream employment post-incarceration.” 

Global Sisters is taking real action to address barriers to women’s economic security on International Women’s Day (IWD). Women coming out of the justice system face some of the most intractable obstacles to employment, and often, starting a business becomes their only viable option due to post-release discrimination in job seeking. Renowned author and psychologist Helen Barnacle shared her experiences of incarceration and highlighted the challenges women encounter in prison, advocating for better support upon release. Approximately 30 women from the prison attended the event, alongside other guests, including the Victorian Attorney General, Jaclyn Symes.

Looking ahead, there are promising opportunities for collaboration between Global Sisters and Tarrengower Prison.

Our Sister Angie x MECCA M-POWER

Our Sister Angie Poller, founder of Remedii, sat down with MECCA M-POWER to share her deeply personal journey, on finding purpose through her pain. In this MECCA M-POWERED interview series, fearless women from around the globe share their incredible stories – from overcoming adversity to following their passions and inspiring a future generation of female change makers.

It’s a MUST READ and we are so proud of you, Angie! Read the full article here.

Mandy Richards speaking at the AMP Event

Our Founder recently spoke on the International Women’s Day panel at AMP. AMP has been a steadfast supporter of our cause since 2017, with numerous AMP staff members actively participating in Global Sisters coaching programs, offering direct and impactful assistance to women-led micro-businesses. With the launch of the new AMP social impact framework, there’s now an opportunity for AMP to further aid diverse women-led businesses in accessing dignified and qualified support in reviewing their financials. We’re thrilled to announce the forthcoming pilot of the expanded Global Sisters x Financial Pathways program throughout 2024, providing all employees with the chance to engage and make a meaningful difference.

Our Sisters at the MECCA IWD Event

We’re incredibly grateful to MECCA for inviting our Sisters Camila and Catrice to your International Women’s Day event. Both Camila and Catrice had an amazing time and were genuinely appreciative of the opportunity. Your invitation gave our Sisters a platform to share their experiences and insights, adding to the celebration and empowerment of women everywhere. Thank you once more for including us in such a meaningful event and for your ongoing support.

Zurich’s International Women’s Day Event

Our COO Heather McLean-Thomson attended the Zurich’s International Women’s Day event, marking the exciting re-launch of their employee-led Gender Equity Network group. We are excited to further partner with Zurich over the coming year.

Read more about our impact during IWD2024 here. If you’re a Sister looking for business education and support visit here.  If you’d like to know more about how to get involved with Global Sisters, learn more here.

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