Women celebrate

MORE than 100 people attended a free International Women's Day breakfast at Women's Health Loddon Mallee on Tuesday.

Women's Health Loddon Mallee executive officer Linda Beilharz said the theme for International Women's Day 2014 was 'inspiring change'.

"The key message is that we do want to celebrate women and women's contribution to home, community and civic life," she said.

"Women do lots and women can do more in our society if we allow that.

"We're looking more and more at the issue of understanding gender equity and unpacking what it is that people can do to improve gender equity in our region."

The event attracted health professionals, WHLM staff and clients, politicians, community leaders and Victoria Police representatives.

"We have working women and women who are clients of the service and women from all different community groups to join with us to celebrate what women can do and who women are," Ms Beilharz said.

The Girton Grammar School music department and The WANNIK dancers form Eaglehawk Secondary School provided entertainment while participants sipped on hot beverages.

"We have working women and women who are clients of the service and women from all different community groups to join with us to celebrate what women can do and who women are," Ms Beilharz said.

International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900s - a time of great expansion that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. 

The event is designed to inspire women and celebrate achievements.

Helena Muster enjoyed breakfast with a group of women from the Red Hat Society's Bendigo Golden Gadabouts.

"We came along to let people know we represent women 50 and over - it's all fun," she said.

"It's a very good support group because we're all at a similar stage in our lives and share similar experiences.

"We go to various events like this, things like the theatre and dress up."

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