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WIZO WA held its annual International Women’s Day dinner on 8 March 2018. This is an opportunity to recognise and promote women everywhere, and also to highlight what WIZO is doing to uplift and support women in Israel.

Professor Lyn Beazley, Neuroscientist and former Chief Scientist of WA, 2015 WA Australian of the Year and holder of numerous prestigious awards and honours, was the very entertaining guest speaker and delighted the 110 guests.

The function was linked to WIZO’s Makom Ba Lev program, and guests heard about the very important work being done there for young women living in truly terrible circumstances, without family, without love, and often without hope. Professor Beazley said WIZO’s 98 years of philanthropy is dear to her heart – volunteering, giving, caring – doing what you can to, “give back”.

She sees her current role as mentoring, advocacy and doing whatever she can to encourage the next generation of women to “step up”. She emphasised the importance of contemporary Australian women making a difference, and cited several initiatives to work against family violence, educate women via financial workshops to reduce economic dependency in abusive environments, and to encourage girls to enter the field of science. She made a strong case for the inclusion of women in leadership positions and quoted global statistics showing that when women are in the workforce, country GDP increases; companies experience better returns; employee retention increases, and the company’s reputation benefits.

All in all, a wonderful evening and great to hear how much of WIZO’s work in Israel is endorsed by Professor Beazley on a local level.

Estelle Lin and Robyn Lieblich
WIZO WA Co-Presidents

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