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Women making change

UN Women is marking International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022 with the theme Changing Climates—Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow. The theme celebrates and recognises the contribution of women and girls around the world who are creating a sustainable future by working towards changing the climate of gender equality.

For the month of March Zonta Club of Brisbane gave a shout out to Queensland women making change and leading the way for women and girls to be safe, celebrated, successful and live with respect.

Here is our list of amazing changemakers:

Sonia Colvin Hairdressers with Heart

Sonia Colvin is founder of Hairdressers with Hearts (HwH), a not-for-profit organisation that takes a proactive approach against DV and elder abuse by harnessing the intimate and trusting relationship between Australia’s 67,000 hairdressers and barbers and their clients. HwH believes that by empowering hairdressers and barbers with the correct resources and appropriate training they can make a difference in the lives of many Australians.

Hairdressers and barbers are frontline in the community, reaching people on a grassroots level, having intimate conversations with clients walking through their door. HWH came to fruition after a conversation Sonia had with a DV worker at Caboolture Courthouse in 2012. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to support victims of DV and elder abuse building an incredible organisation that continues growing in reputation and esteem. Without Sonia’s tenacity in overcoming hurdles and following her dream this community service would not exist. Sonia was inducted into the QLD Domestic Violence Prevention Honour Roll in 2021.

Sallymatu Kuyateh Founder My Goal Saver

Sallymatu Kuyateh is founder and owner of My Goal Saver, which helps women and families from non-English speaking backgrounds now calling Australia home to save money and buy their first family home. Born in Sierra Leone in west Africa, Sallymatu fled the civil war in 1991 to Ghana where she lived in a refugee camp. Despite the difficulties of being displaced from her family and her country, she did her chartered accountancy course and secured jobs as a trainee accountant and internal auditor. She migrated to Australia in 2005 and has made her mark with the Brisbane Ethnic Music and Arts Centre (BEMAC), past president of Queensland African Community Council, secretary of Soroptimist

International Logan branch (SIL) and the Treasure of Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF). Sally is also the CEO and founder of Empathy Community Services – an NDIS-registered organisation that is culturally oriented and person-centred to care for the vulnerable in our community. She also works for Translink. A true changemaker, Sallymatu is changemaker empowering women and vulnerable people in our society. Oh, and she is also a Local Legend in the Logan 2020 Australia Day honours awarded by Dr Jim Chalmers MP, Member for Rankin.

Aimee McVeigh, CEO Queensland Council of Social Service

Aimee McVeigh, CEO of Queensland Council of Social Services, is a passionate advocate for equality, opportunity and well-being for all Queenslanders. She believes lifting up and enabling Queensland’s women is essential to achieving this vision. We acknowledge and applaud Aimee’s impact as a lawyer, human rights advocate and leader – impact We acknowledge and applaud Aimee’s impact as a lawyer, human rights advocate and leader – impact she accredits to the incredible women she works with. QCOSS represents the voice of the community sector in Queensland – a sector where 4 of every 5 workers is a woman who is dedicating her energy toward better lives for Queenslanders. We love QCOSS’ vision to achieve equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person, in every community.

Rochelle Courtney Managing Director Share the Dignity

Rochelle Courtney is Australia’s pad lady determined to end period poverty.  She is the Founder and Managing Director of Share the Dignity, a charity she started single-handedly in 2015 when she realised homeless women in Australia struggled to access period products during their menstrual cycle. Share the Dignity started from a simple, grassroots idea from which she forged ah…

Share the Dignity started from a simple, grassroots idea from which she forged ahead on the belief that one person could indeed make a difference.

Her dedication inspired others to join. Today she leads a team of over 6000 volunteers determined to bring a ray of hope and light into the lives of homeless women and those fleeing domestic violence and abuse. Share the Dignity has donated over 3.3 million period products (over $69 million worth) through multiple initiatives across Australia. The organisation’s advocacy helped axe the tampon tax in 2018 and is now working to ensure all public hospitals offer free sanitary items to those who need them. Rochelle has also won recognition and accolades for her work including Finalist Australian of the Year, Cosmopolitan Humanitarian of the Year and Pride of Australia.

Share the Dignity www.sharethedignity.org.au

Thelma Schwartz Zonta Club of Brisbane Advancement of Women Award Winner 2021

Thelma Schwartz is the principal legal officer of the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service (QIFVLS), an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisation providing legal and non-legal support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims and survivors of family violence and sexual assault in Queensland. In 2018, in recognition of her work in regional and remote Queensland, Thelma was the award recipient of the Regional Woman Lawyer of the Year 2018 by the Women Lawyer’s Association of Queensland. Thelma has extensive practice experiences working with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, in the provision of legal services in regional, rural and remote Queensland. Every day Thelma is working to create positive change for victims and survivors of family violence and is tireless in her advocacy to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children, taking this advocacy to a national

Cathy Hunt, Women of the World Festival

Cathy Hunt is a change maker extraordinaire, who throughout her career has ‘disrupted’ the traditional mindset around funding and financing the arts. She is also the Executive Director of cultural enterprise Of One Mind, producers of the WOW (Women of the World) Festivals in Australia and is an advisor to the Global WOW Foundation. WOW imagines a world where gender does not impact of

life’s outcomes, through a cultural program of both celebration and conversation around the societal impacts of gender inequality. Following the success of WOW as part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Cathy is leading a team to develop and deliver WOW Australia in Queensland from 2020-2022 and just delivered a very successful WOW in Longreach. The next WOW is in Cairns in June and then Logan. Make sure you join her there!

https://www.wowaustralia.com.au/

Margaret McMurdo AC

Long time Zonta Club of Brisbane member the Honourable Margaret McMurdo, AC, is chair of the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce. A former President of the Queensland Court of Appeal first admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1976, Margaret’s leadership has been a beacon for women in the law and women impacted by the law. She was a founding committee member of the Women Lawyers Association and the first woman to be appointed a judge of the District Court of Queensland and the Childrens Court of Queensland. She continues to answer the call to service as Chair of the Board of Legal Aid Queensland, Chair of the Board of Governors of Queensland Community Foundation and Board of Queensland and now chair of the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce.

Professor Sarah Holland-Batt

Sarah Holland-Batt is an award-winning Australian writer, editor and critic, and a Professor of Creative Writing at QUT. She is the author of three books of poems—Aria (2008), The Hazards (2016) and The Jaguar (2022)and a book of essays, Fishing for Lightning (2021), collecting her columns on contemporary poetry for The Australian. She is also the writer of The Sopranos, a new show in Opera Queensland’s 2022 season exploring the representation of women in opera. Her writing has been recognised with numerous prizes, and she is the recipient of a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell in the United States, an Asialink Literature Residency in Japan, and an Australia Council Literature Residency at the B.R. Whiting Studio in Rome, among other honours. In 2016, she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry. She is also a prominent advocate for aged care reform and works to support reform of Australia’s aged care sector to ensure safe and dignified care for older Australians.

Amanda Dalton

Amanda Dalton is the founder & CEO of Protea Place Inc.  She has over 20 years’ experience in the Social Services Sector and identified the need for a woman’s support centre in Toowoomba.  Amanda has extensive knowledge and experience in complex cases, homelessness, DFV, community & program development and service management. As the region’s only Women’s Centre, Protea Place is a grassroots community response and as yet, receives no Government funding. We support around 2000 presentations each year since opening in 2019. Protea Place is a unique response to a range of issues that women may be experiencing including homelessness, domestic and family violence and any other life trauma. Situated in a lovely old home in the Toowoomba CBD, allowing easy access for women in need with all the comforts of a home environment. Everything from showers, laundry facilities, hot lunch, clothing boutique, toiletries right through to housing, employment and legal assistance. A one stop shop for women in need. Protea Place also has a strong commitment to assisting older women who may be experiencing housing insecurity. For more information, please head to  https://proteaplace.org.au

Quentin Bryce AD CVO

For more than 60 years Quentin Bryce has been at the forefront of change for women, and we felt it was fitting for her to the final woman in our Women Change Makers series. Since the 1960s when she graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from The University of Queensland and, in the same year, was admitted to the Queensland Bar she has made an immense contribution to public life in Australia and always at the forefront of her work has been a concern for women, families, children, regional communities and Indigenous. She is no stranger to firsts – she recently opened the very first t Women of the World Festival to be held in Longreach. She is a true trail blazer who instigates change in her own calm, strong and consultative way. Her rich and distinguished career has seen her be a first in many roles including the Inaugural Director, Queensland Women’s Information Service, Office of the Status of Women, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; founding Chair and CEO, National Childcare Accreditation Council; the first female Governor of Queensland; and the first female Governor-General.

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Older women housing boost

The Queensland Government has listened to women and announced a $14 million fund to build new homes and deliver specialised housing support services to older women, ensuring they have the security and stability of a home.

Zonta Club of Brisbane member Susan Davies, also President of Sharing with Friends and a member of the Housing Older Women (HOW) movement, said the announcement would help fund innovative housing solutions.

“Housing Minister Leeanne Enoch has embraced Imaginative approaches to solving this horrendous issue of older Womens housing,” Susan said. “Public/private initiatives (like this funding) will spread solutions a lot further than relying on just social housing (as vital as it is!).

“Queensland can be proud of this breakthrough approach and the fact that the Government has  listened to Sharing with Friends and women of lived experience.”

 As part of the Housing Outcomes for Older Women Initiative $8 million will build new homes designed for and by older women and $5.94 million to establish a specialised housing support hub.

Minister Enoch said: “Older women are the fastest growing group to experience homelessness in Australia and our unprecedented investment in social and affordable housing will shift the dial to ensure the most vulnerable cohorts across our communities have the rights supports in place.

“The Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy (DCHDE) has been working with a sponsor group comprising members from the Housing Older Women (HOW) Movement, Sharing with Friends and QShelter to co-design a package of support which is informed by women with lived experience.”

The specialist services hub will be a single-entry point that connects women to housing, homelessness, renting, health, and financial support services.

“We want to help women receive early intervention and assistance to avoid homelessness, navigate the service system and access coordinated housing and support options.

“The hub is the first of its kind in Queensland and signals a new era in the provision of information and support services to better meet the needs of at-risk older Queensland women.”

The Housing Outcomes for Older Women Initiative is being delivered in partnership with the Housing Older Women Movement, Sharing with Friends and QShelter. It is a step closer to older women being able to live in their forever home under innovative approaches such as Sharing With Friends, which would see five women live in a house as owner and sharing common areas.

Housing older women has been a key advocacy project for Zonta Club of Brisbane with Susan Davies also a member of the HOWZing committee made up of Zonta clubs across Queensland.

Women over the age of 55 are the fastest growing cohort of homeless people and there has been a 31% increase in this group between 2011 and 2016, while 44% of single women in Australia over 45 are on low and medium in their own home and are renting.

An advisory group consisting of older women with lived experience of homelessness and key stakeholders including the Housing Older Women Movement, QShelter and Sharing with Friends.

Caption: Susan Davies (right) with Meaghan Scanlon Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs

Read the statement

Sharing with Friends

Read the Housing Initiative flyer

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Make a difference!

Here’s an opportunity to make a difference. Calling all young women who aspire to make a difference in public life. The Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs bursary is open for applications. This award is close to us here at the Zonta Club of Brisbane as it was started while charter Club member Leneen Forde AC was International President o Zonta. We are looking for:
·      Young women aged 16-19 years
·      Active champion and advocate for civic causes

This award offers three opportunities through the one application:
$500 bursary awarded by the Zonta Club of Brisbane
– $1500US state prize
– $5000US international prize

How to enter: check out all the information here on the Zonta International website.

Here’s a PDF poster if you want to print!
You need to enter via a local club so send your application email to zontabrisbane@gmail.com
Applications close: 21 March 2022
If you are a potential applicant or you know someone who is please share!! This is a terrific opportunity for a young women to take their place in public life and speak out on issues that matter for women. 

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Education Awards

Esther’s education boost

We love to hear from the young women who receive one of our Zonta Education Awards.

This year, Yeronga High School Student Esther Etoka contacted us to let us know how much she appreciated receiving the award, a $500 bursary that goes to the school to enable winning students to pay for schooling needs.

“I sincerely thank you for your award that will help me assist with my study fees,” Esther said.

“I am very sure it will be helpful to me and lift me to another level in my studies. I am hopeful that this gift will help me fulfil the objective of Zonta club which is to stand for women’s rights.”

Zonta Club of Brisbane member Judith Anderson, who presented Esther with her award certificate, said: “Like every member of the Zonta Club of Brisbane, I was delighted to see Esther  receive our Education Encouragement Award. She is a most worthy winner and a fine model of Zonta’s mission and goals.”

Since 2000 Zonta Club of Brisbane has provided education awards provide encouragement to financially disadvantaged young women to complete Year 12.

The award is valued at $500 and goes to a female student at  six high schools in Brisbane: Mabel Park State High School; Bundamba State Secondary College; Glenala State High School; Aviation High; Marsden State High School; and Yeronga State High School.

To read more about the awards go here

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Maria nurses ambition

Maria Guillena has worked hard to achieve her dream to be a nurse.

Now that dream is closer thanks to her own determination and some assistance from Zonta Club of Brisbane.

Maria the 2021 Kingston Learning College Award which is a $2000 bursary to assist young women to meet any financial challenges to encourage them to progress to a tertiary education.

Maria Guillena has graduated from Kingston Learning College and will attend Logan and Southbank TAFEs in 2022 with a view to applying to transfer to nursing at UQ in 2023. 

Maria is originally from the Philippines and has struggled financially to study and live. She is very hard working and finds time to volunteer to support older people and high school students.  

To show her support and thanks to Zonta, Maria wore orange and black on her graduation day – the campaign colours for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.

Maria is originally from the Philippines and has no family in Brisbane and has been  very much part of the College family. She will buy a laptop computer as a priority. She currently travels to libraries to do her study. She was so excited she danced up to the podium and gave our Zonta Club member  Lesley Chenoweth a big hug!

For more information on the Education Awards go here

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16 Days of Activism

ZONTA SAYS NO to any violence against women and girls and NO to child marriage and the growing issue of women’s homelessness. These topics will dominate the 16 Days of Activism from 25 November to 10 December 2021 as clubs across Queensland join in this global campaign.

For over 100 years, ZONTA International’s 28,000 volunteers, have fought to raise the issues of women’s rights in 63 countries, with 45 District 22 clubs numbering approximately   1000 members adding their voice to the campaign.

Bridget Mather, District 22 (Qld and Northern NSW) Governor said: “We remember all Queensland women, killed by their partner or ex-partner in pre-meditated acts of unspeakable violence.  We especially remember Alison Baden-Clay, Hannah Clarke and her three children and Kelly Wilkinson.

“Every week a woman dies in Australia at the hand of their partner or ex-partner and a child dies every fortnight.

“Brisbane ZONTIANS will paint the city orange with bridges and buildings lit in orange.  There will be a banner on the Story Bridge, the Story, Leo Hielscher, Victoria and Kurilpa Bridges lit orange as well as City Hall and King George Square, Raddacliff Place and the Casino.

Some key Brisbane events include:  Zonta Says No Walk 24 November at 6pm starts from King George Square, ZONTA Redcliffe breakfast with Hannah Clarke’s parents as guest speakers, 25 November;  ZONTA E-Club business lunch at The Bracken Ridge Tavern 25 November; 23 November  ZONTA  Paint the Bayside Orange Breakfast at Wynnum Leagues Club, ZONTA Brisbane East Breakfast 2 December at the Greek Club. 

To find an event near you go to the ZONTA District 22 website at https://zontadistrict22.org/what-we-do/zonta-says-no-to-violence-against-women-campaign/

If you want to get involved in our social media campaign just download this sign or these posters:

Poster 1

Poster 2

Poster 3

Print poster and post to your socials and tag Zonta Club of Brisbane #16days #ZONTAsaysNO.

https://www.facebook.com/zontaclubbrisbane/

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Award for advancing women

Zonta Club of Brisbane is excited to announce applications are open for its   Advancement of Women Award.

This is a very special award that recognises a person who, through their leadership, work or advocacy, is progressing the status of women by either creating new pathways for women, facilitating women’s advancement along existing pathways, or advancing the interests of women through other endeavours in social, community, economic, academic, political or work environments.

The Award provides $5,000 to the winner who will also be offered a year of collaboration with members of the Zonta Club of Brisbane Inc.

Who is eligible?

The Award is open to persons of any gender who are on the path of helping women and who can use the funds to leverage the effect of their work. It seeks nominations from a broad base. For example, the recipient could be an administrator, scientist, teacher, business or industry leader, police officer, community worker, fundraiser or a pioneer in their field. Members of Zonta and their families are not eligible to apply.

Further details

Application form

Details about the Award including eligibility; selection criteria or information required by the nominating person for their nominee are available in the Application form that can be downloaded and sent to zontabrisbane@gmail.com

Eligibility and information

Important dates

The award will be open from 5th July to 8th September, with the winner announced at the Zonta Club of Brisbane’s 50th anniversary dinner on Monday, 8 November.

The award is funded through  the Advancement of Women Fund set up in 2018 inaugurated with a living gift from charter member of the Zonta Club of Brisbane, Dr Joan Godfrey OBE. This fund will  grow with ongoing capital donations and bequests from members. Susan Hocking and Susan Davies.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Lesley Chenoweth (l.chenoweth@griffith.edu.au) or the Zonta Club of Brisbane at zontabrisbane@gmail.com

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Education awards

Education plays a key role in advancing women, girls, and communities.

This is why the Zonta Club of Brisbane has a strong focus on fundraising so that it can provide education awards to students in high school and university. In the past 20 years it has enabled Zonta Club of Brisbane to award bursaries and prizes to more than 250 recipients.

The Education Awards are:

Esther’s education boost

We love to hear from the young women who receive one of our Zonta Education Awards. This year, Yeronga High School Student Esther Etoka contacted us to let us know how much she appreciated receiving the award, a $500 bursary that goes to the school to enable winning students to pay for schooling needs. “I…

Zonta Education Award

Zonta Education Award
Education plays a key role in advancing women, girls, and communities. Bursaries of $500 are awarded each year to a girl in Year 10 for use in years 11 and 12 at six high schools in regions of social disadvantage.

Kingston Learning College

Annual award to young women wishing to undertake tertiary education or training to help them meet financial barriers to move beyond secondary school.

University Awards

Three awards are made to University students from gifts and funds raised by members to reward excellence in university studies in honour of distinguished Club members.

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Zonta International Awards

Zonta International offers four awards which attract international applicants.

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship is a Zonta International Award for women pursuing PhD/doctoral
degrees in aerospace-applied sciences or aerospace-applied engineering. The program operates only
at the international level and is funded by the Zonta International Foundation.

Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

The Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is a Zonta International Award to help
women pursue undergraduate and master's degrees in business management and overcome gender
barriers from the classroom to the boardroom. The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region
and international levels. Zonta clubs provide awards for club recipients, and district/region and
international awards are funded by the Zonta International Foundation.

Women in Technology Scholarship

The Women in Technology Scholarship is a Zonta International pilot program to encourage women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in technology. The pilot is being conducted in 2019-2020 at Club, District/region and International levels. Zonta clubs provide funds for club recipients, and district/region and international awards are funded by the Zonta International Foundation.

Young Women in Public Affairs

The Young Women in Public Affairs Award is a Zonta International Award for young women demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes. The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta clubs provide awards for club recipients, and district/region and international awards are funded by the Zonta International Foundation.

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Advancement of Women Award

 

 

The Zonta Club of Brisbane Advancement of Women award recognises a person who, through their leadership, work or advocacy, is progressing the status of women by either creating new pathways for women, facilitating women’s advancement along existing pathways, or advancing the interests of women through other endeavours in social, community, economic, academic, political or work environments.

The Zonta Club of Brisbane Advancement of Women Award is aims to target persons of any gender who are already on the path of helping women and who can use the funds to leverage the effect of their work. It seeks nominations from a broad base. For example, the recipient could be an administrator, scientist, teacher, business or industry leader, police officer, community worker, fundraiser or a pioneer in their field.

The Award provides $5,000 to the winner who will also be offered a year of collaboration with members of the Zonta Club of Brisbane Inc.

Photo caption: 2021 Encouragement Award winner Maggie Shambrook and 2021 Advancement of Women Award winner Thelma Schwartz. Photo: Bobby Rein

Background and History

To mark Zonta’s cententary year in 2019 the Zonta Club of Brisbane established the $5000 Advancement of Women Award to assist other women now and in the future.

This is an biennial, gender neutral award that recognises a person who, through their leadership, work or advocacy is progressing the status of women. This may be by either creating new pathways for women, facilitating women’s advancement along existing pathways, or advancing the interests of women through other endeavours in social, community, economic, academic, political or work environments.

The Club aims to reward persons from a broad base. For example, the recipient could be an administrator, scientist, teacher, business or industry leader, police officer, community worker, fund-raiser or a pioneer in their field.

This is an biennial award with nominations opening in July and closing in September.

The award is funded through  the Advancement of Women Fund set up in 2018 inaugurated with a living gift from charter member of the Zonta Club of Brisbane, Dr Joan Godfrey OBE. This fund will  grow with ongoing capital donations and bequests from members.

2021 Advancement of Women Award winner

Thelma Schwartz is the principal legal officer of the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service (QIFVLS), an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisation providing legal and non-legal support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims and survivors of family violence and sexual assault in Queensland

Thelma identifies as of Torres Strait Islander heritage alongside her German, Samoan and Papua New Guinean heritage. She has more than 21 years post-admission experience working in commercial litigation in the Northern Territory and Queensland, in criminal law defence extensively across the Far North Queensland region representing men, women and children across multiple courts. In 2018, in recognition of her work in regional and remote Queensland, Thelma was the award recipient of the Regional Woman Lawyer of the Year 2018 by the Women Lawyer’s Association of Queensland. Thelma has extensive practice experiences working with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, in the provision of legal services in regional, rural and remote Queensland.

Thelma appeared as a witness before the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability and Inquiry into Family Domestic and Sexual Violence. She is a member of the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce.

Judge’s citation

Members of the panel were very impressed by what she has achieved in her legal career providing services to many victims and survivors of family violence across the state. But it is her ongoing and tireless advocacy against the national crisis of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and their children that is at the heart of this award. Thelma has taken this to a national level, serving on taskforces, committees and panels as well as appearing and speaking out in the media while always remaining grounded in the lived experiences of First peoples women and children.  Thelma wants to use the award to extend QIFVLS program for young people. She and a colleague are aiming to create a culturally appropriate framework and model to deliver the Love Bites training package for 60+ ATSI communities across Queensland. 

We believe her work is crucial to supporting safe pathways out of violence for Indigenous women and their children. And there is still much to do.

2021 Encouragement Award winner

Maggie Shambrook

Maggie Shambrook is a founding member of the Housing for Older Women (HOW) network. She has a long and impressive record working in the area of homelessness and housing for vulnerable people. A community development practitioner with post graduate qualifications, Maggie raised her three children as a single mum but later in life found herself in precarious housing situation.

Maggie applied her considerable skills and practice experience to advocating for older women in similar circumstances.

Judge’s citation

The selection committee were impressed with Maggie’s commitment to older women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Maggie has brought together her community development experience, her astute analysis of social issues and the need for solutions at policy, practice and lived experience levels.

She has advocated for and supported many women to share their experiences and to contribute to finding housing and living solutions for themselves and others. Working in partnership with other organisations and groups, this growing movement has brought the crisis of older women’s homelessness into the public spotlight and on to the policy agenda.   

2019 Advancement of Women Award winner

Cathy Hunt

Cathy is co-founder of Of One Mind, a not for profit company behind the development of the Women of the World Festival in Australia. She was chosen as the winner of the Advancement of Women Award in  recognition of her outstanding 20-year track record creating programs to empower women in addressing gender inequality, engaging a wide range of communities of women in Australia and internationally creating new pathways through art and cultural efforts including your directorship of the WOW Festivals.

Funding and donations

The Advancement of Women Award is funded through the Advancement of Women Fund set up in 2018 inaugurated with a living gift from charter member of the Zonta Club of Brisbane, Dr Joan Godfrey OBE. This fund will grow with ongoing capital donations and bequests from members.

Donors to the Advancement of Women Fund

Donor category Name Amount Year
Foundation Donor Dr Joan Godfrey $50,000 2018
2020
Member Donors Ms Susan Hocking (in memory of Lesley Hocking) $20,000 2018
  Ms Susan Davies (in memory of Anne Davies) $20,000 2019

If you want to donate to the award please contact info@zontabrisbane.com.au

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