Inspirational refugee leads Warrnambool’s International Women’s Day celebration

13 March 2020

Inspirational Warrnambool refugee Vanisre Rajasegaran led the city’s International Women’s Day celebrations this morning.

Vanisre was master of ceremonies for the celebrations which included a panel of local women discussing contemporary gender issues affecting women, celebrating women in leadership and women in non-traditional roles. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day was #EachforEqual.

Wannon Water, Warrnambool City Council, Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West and Brauer College worked together in partnership to run the event.

Warrnambool City Councillor Kylie Gaston said the theme reflected that an equal world is an enabled world.

“Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day,” Cr Gaston said.

“We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.”

Wannon Water Managing Director Andrew Jeffers said, as a major regional organisation, Wannon Water is committed to making gender equality a cultural and business norm. 

“We’re leading the way for future generations and setting a positive example for our own children by demonstrating they should not have to face limited opportunities in their own lives,” Mr Jeffers said.