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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

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Strengths-based leadership

The common thread throughout the International Women’s Day 2021 Breakfast and Livestream event was seeing diversity as a strength. The five panellists looked at leadership in a strength-based approach where challenges, even difficult ones, are seen as opportunities. 

Echoed in the answers was recognising gender, cultural and linguistic diversity, and youth as strengths. Everyone has qualities to bring to the table and should celebrate them and not look at them as potential barriers. 

Our honoured guests confirmed it is these experiences that make great leaders and that we all have the opportunity to be one. 

In case you missed it, please watch a replay of the event in the link at the bottom.

To see all the photos from the event, please click here

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Our panellists, councillors and Mayor.

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Mayoral Breakfast and Livestream event at the Pascoe Vale room in the Clocktower Centre.

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Guests from the Rotary Clubs.

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Guests from Mama’s Kitchen, who supplied the delicious take-home treats.

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Guests from the Women’s Leadership Program.


For nearly a decade, Moonee Valley has been proud to have a majority of females councillors and this year we are happy to add our new CEO, Helen Sui to this leadership group.

International Women’s Day is observed globally on 8 March and celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

At Moonee Valley City Council, we are committed to promoting gender equality, ensuring women and girls have the same opportunities as boys and men, whether in their sporting club or their place of work and making our community equal and safe for women.

The International Women’s Day 2021 campaign theme is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” and it commemorates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future.

We honour the women who stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organisers and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in combating the pandemic.

Livestream Event

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, Moonee Valley will host Women in Leadership, a Livestream event with Deputy Mayor Cr Katrina Hodgson, CEO Helen Sui, Assembled Threads founder Edwina Walsh, and St Columba’s College co-captains Alysha Lowrie and Grace Saporito, facilitated by Mayor Cr Cam Nation.