Women are a reflection of the glory of God. Today we honour the women of all times and all places:
Women of courage. Women of hope.
Women suffering. Women mourning. Women living fully. Women experiencing joy. Women delighting in life.
Women knowing the interconnectedness of the human family. Women honouring the sacredness of the relational, the affective.
Women quietly tending the garden of human flourishing. Women boldly leading the transformation of unjust global structures.
Women seeking Wisdom. Women sharing Wisdom.
Women receiving Love. Women giving Love.
Women: life-giving. Women: the image of God.
Loving God, we celebrate your faithfulness and love. On this day we commit ourselves to the promotion of the full humanity of all women everywhere. We know that whatever denies, diminishes, or distorts the full humanity of women is not of God.
Help us to be faithful to your call to love.
Kezia presented a powerful speech about the Significance of International Women’s Day for students of Sacré Cœur.
Beryl McMillan has been a member of staff at Sacré Cœur since 2011, serving in the role of Director of Development and Community Relations.
In the Australian honours list in June 2016, Beryl received the Order of Australia Medal for Service to the Community and to Women. Much of that service has been through Zonta International, an international service organisation working to empower women.
Beryl is an active member of her club, has been Governor of the District that covers much of Australia and has served on the International Board and several International Committees. She is currently Chair of the Centennial Anniversary Committee, planning celebrations around the world for Zonta’s 100th Anniversary in 2019.
Beryl spoke about her experiences through being involved with Zonta International and the profound role the organisation plays in supporting and empowering women globally.
Sangita graduated from Sacré Cœur in 2014 and was the ‘Dux’ of the school. She is currently studying in her third year of an Arts/Commerce double degree at Monash University in the Dean’s Scholars’ Program. During Year 12, she was Sustainability Prefect and has since continued to be involved in leadership opportunities such as the Vice Chancellor’s Ancora Imparo program and Access Monash, mentoring students from under-represented schools. In 2015, she was the recipient of the “Young Women in Public Affairs” award by the Zonta Club of Melbourne on Yarra.
Sangita continues to be an inspiring role model. She spoke about her personal experience of unequal pay in the workforce, reminded us of the staggering number of girls who do not have access to an education and her contribution to change by teaching English online to young girls in India. Even though it is her birthday today, she was delighted to be a guest speaker at the Breakfast and was then off to a school in Frankston to help students with choosing their career pathways.
Each speaker's story will motivate and encourage you to reflect on how you can Be Bold for Change.
Our students have created a display under the Brown Stairs, sharing their thoughts, actions and people who inspire them to Be Bold for Change.