Celebrating the great women in Yarra

Tuesday 10 March 2020

Group of women standing infront of a purple banner that says Celebrating International Women's Day

The International Women’s Day Awards celebrate and acknowledges groups and individuals who work to advocate for a feminist future and positive social change. Each year, an inspirational woman and group of women are recognised for their efforts and awarded.

The 2020 International Women’s Day Award was presented to The Drum Yarra.

Cr Mi-Lin Chen Yi Mei with two women from The Drum Yarra holding a certificate and bunch of flowers


The Drum Yarra are passionate about running innovative and engaging programs that facilitate feminine empowerment and lasting social change. Three women, Fardowsa Nur, Christobel Elliot and Sandra Tay are from the local area and are working to create meaningful opportunities for young women to connect, explore their identities and influence their community.

The 2020 International Women’s Day Emerging Leader Award was presented to Rani Anders.

Cr Mi-Lin Chen Yi Mei with Rani Anders holding a certificate and bunch of flowers

Rani Anders is the Technical Director of the women’s program at Fitzroy City Soccer Club. Rani’s strategy aims to set a new benchmark for female soccer clubs, and to be a leading community club for female soccer players. This strategy strives to develop coaches, welcoming of women from all walks of life, contributing to the personal growth of anyone that participates in the female program. The program creates a platform to retain females in sport by facilitating their transition to coaching or other roles after their sporting career ends. Rani’s vision is to be a reference point for other clubs with female programs, creating a domino effect that empowers females to expect greater equality, respect and access when they play soccer.  

A big thank you too all of you who took the time to nominate the fantastic women, who are contributing great things to our community. 


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