International Women’s Day 2019

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Justine Bowers, SEDA College Diversity and Inclusion Leader

On Wednesday the 6th of March, SEDA College celebrated International Women’s Day 2019. A chance for the college to come together and reflect on the importance of an inclusive society as we strive towards balance #Balanceforbetter. Five events occurred across Melbourne and Geelong to ensure every student at SEDA College could get involved. The day began with inspirational role models telling stories of their journeys. Concluding each event with the SEDA College Respect Cup; activities to encourage teamwork, inclusion and sportsmanship.


Why celebrate IWD? At SEDA College we recognise the need for respectful relationships training in preventing violence against women. We strive to build inclusive classrooms that support our students to play and be involved in the sports that they love in a safe, supportive and empowering environment.

As stated by our principal Health McMillan; At SEDA College, we change student’s lives by developing real skills and preparing them for a successful future with proven success in engaging, educating and empowering young people in Victoria. On Wednesday the contribution from our guest speakers, staff and students assisted us in doing just that! Majority of our students at SEDA College want to pursue a career’s in the Sport and Recreation industry, thus education around equality is vital in building respectful relationships now and into the future.

Our entire school stopped curriculum for this day to celebrate women and the push towards equality. We thank each of our amazing speakers for their time and the amazing messages that were delivered on this day. Today we wish everyone a Happy International Women’s Day and recognise the need to work together to make this world a more inclusive place!

The SEDA College International Women’s Day 2019 Speakers List:

  • Angie Green: Stand Up Events
  • Steph McFarlane: Community Engagement Coordinator at St Kilda Football Club
  • Francesca Teh: School Operations Officer, Cricket Australia
  • Linley Frame: Gold medallist, Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement Manager, Swimming Australia
  • Milly Tapper: Paralympian and Olympic athlete/ Table Tennis
  • Michelle Dench: AFLW footballer and Police Dog Squad trainer/ Detective
  • Carla Dziwoki: Australian Netballer, National Transition and Welfare Manager for the Australian Cricketer’s Association, Starred on The Block in 2018
  • Jayde de Bondt-Pipan: Manager, Diversity and Inclusion at North Melbourne Football Club
  • Caitlin Honey: Project Officer at Cricket Victoria
  • Simone Bellears: Head of AFLW & pathways at Geelong Football Club
  • Melanie Taylor: Netball Victoria General Manager Geelong
  • Kelly Cartwright: Australian Athlete, Paralympian
  • Melissa Barbieri: Professional Athlete; Australian international footballer
  • Daniel Harford: AFLW Carlton Coach, former Australian rules footballer/ radio presenter and commentator.
  • Katy Dib: Psychologist and founder of Elysium Group.

A huge thank you to everyone involved.