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Wisdom, awards and singing for International Women’s Day

08 March 2013

Yarra Mayor Cr Jackie Fristacky today paid tribute to the achievement, strength and resilience of women in Yarra and across the world at a special International Women’s Day Ceremony this morning.

“This is an important day that demonstrates to the world the collective power of women by honouring their important contribution to every level of society – to families, workplaces and communities,” she said.

“This year, the United Nations’ Women’s Day focus is on ending violence against women. Council supports this through policies and programs and through grants to community groups that support women at home, at work and in the community.

“Council also proudly supports Yarra’s staff gender equity committee that meets regularly to advance gender equity in the workplace.”

Cr Fristacky said Council also has a proud track record of supporting women across political, organisational and local spheres.

“Since the creation of the municipality in 1994, seventy-five per cent of Yarra Mayors have been women,” she said.

“Council’s management team is led by a dynamic female CEO who is an inspiration and role model to many staff.”

Cr Fristacky was joined at the International Women’s Day celebrations by fellow women Councillors and community leaders, Amanda Stone and Misha Coleman.

Guest speaker at the event was Mary Crooks, Executive Director of the Victorian Women's Trust.

In 2001 Mary was awarded the Centenary Medal for her services to women, and in 2012 was admitted as an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Mary is also the author of a fascinating publication released last year titled “A Switch In Time” – restoring respect to Australian politics”.

Yarra’s International Women’s Day celebrations also included a speech from Sitina Mustafa  who is the 2013 Yarra Young Citizen of the Year and a founding member of the Yarra Youth Ambassador program.

2013 Yarra Women’s Honour Roll Award

A highlight of the event was the announcement of the 2013 Yarra Women’s Honour Roll award, which recognises exceptional women staff who lead by example in championing gender equity, demonstrating a good work/life balance and going over and above their roles to be good role models to other staff.

The 2013 award winner is Magi Marcon, who works in Family and Children Services. Chief Executive Officer Vijaya Vaidyanath said of Magi: “Over the years Magi has made a remarkable contribution to women’s rights and advancing gender equity at Yarra.

“Her work for women in the workforce and as a delegate for Council within the Australian Services Union has shown her commitment to all women in the organisation, not only union members.

“She is always advocating for equal pay for woman and equal entry into the senior levels of Council on behalf of all female employees.”

Community Choir

The International Women’s Day celebrations concluded with a spontaneous community choir singing “I am Woman” on the steps of Richmond Town Hall.


Further information
Joanne Mulcahy
Chairperson Gender Equity Committee
Yarra City Council
0419 806 393



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