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Empowering employees at International Women's Day

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) is linking arms with Act for Kids this International Women’s Day to support local families.

Employees, executives and guest speakers wore a pop of purple during a special breakfast at the East Shores Parklands this morning.

This year’s International Women’s day theme, #ChoosetoChallenge which aims help create a gender equal world by celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action or equality.

GPC is home to 160 inspiring and talented women in all fields including technology, environment, engineering, executive roles and parks and gardens, just to name a few.

GPC Executive General Manager People & Community Rowen Winsor said it was important women embrace decision-making roles.

“We have many of female leaders doing exceptional things at GPC which shows our commitment to gender equality,” Ms Winsor said.

“Today, many organisations will be hosting events to celebrate women and raise awareness about gender equality and GPC is no exception. It’s an important date in our calendar,” she said.

Guest speaker, Dr Kaye Pickering from Act for Kids, said GPC’s event and their employees are helping support an important local charity.

“Sadly, we have a waitlist here in Gladstone due to the high demand for our services,” Dr Pickering said.

“Act for Kids is deeply grateful for Gladstone Ports Corporation’s support for children and families in the local area,” she said.

“In the past 12 months, we have delivered much-needed support to more than 285 children and families in Rockhampton and since we opened in Gladstone in November 2019, we have assisted more than 230 local children and families.

“We offer a specialist therapy service which provides sexual abuse counselling as well as early intervention for children and young people displaying harmful sexual behaviours.

“Money raised from the International Women’s Day breakfast will go directly to helping more children through our highly sought-after integrated therapy service.”

All the money raised from the event will go towards supporting abused children in the community.