Join us at The Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood and celebrate International Women’s Day. Share lunch with friends and guest speakers, support local community groups and celebrate the work women are doing internationally and locally to continue the empowerment of women and girls.
In the world famous Spiegeltent we'll be entertained by an exuberant Circus Oz performance and Wendy McCarthy, Circus Oz Board Chair and a well-known, outspoken speaker recognised with an Order of Australia in 1989 for her outstanding contributions to community and women's affairs. Women in Focus will be donating all ticket sales to the charitable arm of Circus Oz through their Strong Women Program - a program that celebrates what women are capable of - incredible strength and stamina, extraordinary grace, rebellious spirit and the ability to laugh in the face of danger.
We hope you can join us, and make your commitment to those supporting women in our community. We encourage you to share this event with the significant women in your life, your niece, daughter, mentoree or mother, and be part of empowering women and girls in our community.
Wendy McCarthy is an experienced manager and company director who began her career as a secondary school teacher. She moved out of the classroom into public life in 1968 and since then has been an advocate, educator and change agent in Australia and internationally.
She currently chairs headspace - Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Circus Oz, McGrath Estate Agents and Pacific Friends of the Global Fund and is a Non-executive director of Goodstart Early Learning and Bentham IMF.
She has held many significant leadership roles in leading national and international bodies including eight years as Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 1989 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for outstanding contributions to community affairs, women’s affairs and the Bicentennial celebrations. In 2003 she was awarded a Centenary of Federation medal for business leadership and in 2005 she was nominated by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals.
Circus Oz, The Strong Women Program
Founded in 1978, Circus Oz, Australia’s internationally acclaimed contemporary circus, is acknowledged worldwide as a living embodiment of everything that’s great about Australia and Australians. It’s spectacular, multi-skilled, physically exuberant, clever, irreverent, healthy and athletic, but laid-back, collaborative and importantly embodies the spice of life - diversity.
A commitment to social justice, and a good time for all, and encouraging and inspiring individuals have driven Circus Oz's performance and community work.
Circus Oz champions the potential and actual achievements of women by promoting role models and changing perceptions. The Strong Women Program provides a dedicated path for the development and celebration of women within the contemporary circus industry.