She Means Business - IWD celebrations

Published on 01 March 2019

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The women behind some of Maribyrnong’s local businesses will be in the spotlight this International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on 8 March and is a day to reflect on how far we have come and how far we still have to go to truly achieve gender equality.

This year, we are marking IWD by sharing the diverse stories of women making their mark in business ownership, to promote awareness and understanding around the barriers and enablers for women.

She Means Business celebrates local leadership and women’s independence by creating a greater sense of understanding of the experiences of women and their road to success.

The campaign creates an opportunity to progress conversations on how we continue to support women’s financial independence, participation in community life, whilst working towards gender equity.

Ellen Turner, owner of Willow Wine Café, worked in hospitality for over 20 years, but felt that she had something more to offer others and wanted to do things on her own terms.

Ellen said that women looking to embark on a new project or contemplating a career change need to trust themselves.

“Back yourself in your ideas and commit to your instincts. Trust that you know what you are doing,” she said.

“And don’t be afraid to ask for help,” she continued.

Businesses from across the City of Maribyrnong are being featured in the She Means Business campaign, and each business will be holding IWD events to celebrate.

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Message from the Mayor, Cr Martin Zakharov

We have a longstanding commitment to furthering gender respect and equity in both our organisation and community. We are committed to nurturing a community where opportunities for success are equally available to women and men; where everyone lives free from the cycle of violence; where people’s thoughts, ideas and opinions are heard and respected and their choices and goals in life celebrated and supported,

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter, so I encourage everyone in our community all to think about how we can work together to create a gender-balanced world.

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Ellen Turner of Willow Wine Cafe, by Nico Keenan