Inspire Inclusion: International Women’s Day 2024


On Friday, 8 March 2024, Cape York Partnership celebrated International Women's Day with its third annual luncheon. This year's theme, 'Inspire Inclusion,' resonated with the 200 guests in attendance, comprising local, Indigenous, government, corporate and community members.

The event kicked off at the Crystalbrook Riley in Cairns with a welcome to Country from Professor Henrietta Marrie AM – Elder of the Gimuy Walubara Yindinji. This was followeda powerful address from Group CEO Fiona Jose, who reflected on the journey towards gender equity and the empowerment of Indigenous communities. Her vision for a future where women are empowered to lead and drive change set the tone for the day.

International Human Rights Lawyer and Cape York Leaders alumna Marijke Bassani delivered the keynote speech, emphasising the importance of inclusion and diversity in creating a just and equitable society.

A guest panel, led by Kirsty Davis, CEO of the Cape York Institute, featured discussions with notable leaders Joy Savage, CEO of Wuchopperen, Audrey Deemal of Cape York Partnership, and Shelley Wild, Managing Director of PeopleHQ. They explored strategies for enhancing female leadership and community development.

The event paid special homage to the Wujal Wujal women, including those in attendance, recognising their resilience in the aftermath of the 2023 floods.

Participants received a commemorative block art print featuring the work of Yalanji and Nyungkul artist Karen Gibson, celebrating women, family and culture.

Highlighting the empowerment and leadership of young Indigenous women, the luncheon featured students from Cape York Girl Academy and Djarragun College. These young women engaged with guests and managed the gift stall, with proceeds supporting the Our Sisters initiative, which empowers Cape York girls through education, health and leadership.





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