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Celebrating International Women’s DayMarch 12, 2009
International Women’s Day was celebrated officially throughout the world on Sunday March 8. In the Canberra-Goulburn area, the St Vincent de Paul Central Council hosted an evening on March 4 to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Sister Elizabeth Rothe RSM (Goulburn) reports.
On Wednesday March 4, the St Vincent De Paul Society Canberra-Goulburn Central Council sponsored an evening to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women. The guest speaker, Helen Moran, shared something of her story and what she thinks still needs to addressed since the Apology.
Helen is a descendant of the Wiradjuri and Wongaibon Nations of NSW and a member of the Stolen Generation. She has done a great deal of work assisting in the promotion of Sorry Day and the Journey of Healing. Helen is the Indigenous co-chair of the National Sorry Day committee (NSDC) and worked with the government at the time of the Apology.
While the Apology is a major step in the healing process Helen reminded us that there is much to be done – most of the recommendations from the Bringing Them Home Report still need to be implemented in order for healing and reconciliation to be possible. For more of Helen’s story and the NSDC.
Those who attended the evening were from various cultural backgrounds and experiences. They were moved by Helen’s story and many left expressing a wish to have further conversations.
Contact: Sister Elizabeth Rothe RSM (Goulburn)