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Wednesday, 4 March 2020
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Mrs WICKS (Robertson) (13:36): This Sunday marks International Women's Day, with events being held across Australia to celebrate the achievements of women and promote equal opportunities for women across the globe. The third Central Coast Festival of Women is currently underway, with a number of fantastic events running until 22 March, all celebrating the lives and contributions of women in my community while promoting this year's theme: each for equal. The Central Coast International Women's Day Expo, held annually as part of the festival of women, will be hosted at Westfield Tuggerah on Saturday 7 March. There'll be over 20 stalls showcasing a number of businesses and community organisations who are all actively involved in promoting women's participation in the community. I'd encourage people right across the Central Coast to pop on down and see the great work that these organisations do firsthand.

On International Women's Day, Sunday 8 March, Soroptimist International Brisbane Water will be hosting its 13th annual breakfast. I look forward to attending again this year and hearing from guest speaker Dr Emma Beckett, a molecular nutritionist from the University of Newcastle. Dr Beckett is a researcher and a science communicator who focuses on nutrition myth busting and empowering the public to interpret nutrition research.

Finally, the White Violet Long Lunch will be held at the Entertainment Grounds in Gosford on Sunday, hosted by She Story and Star 104.5. She Story is a fantastic organisation that was established only a few years ago and celebrates, empowers and supports women. This lunch will raise important funds for the new program, called SheStarts, which will help young women achieve their dreams. (Time expired)