KNOW a woman – or man – who works to improve the community for all?
The Zonta Club of Tamworth is calling for nominations for the inaugural International Women’s Day Awards in the Tamworth region.
But don’t let the name fool you because the local branch has this year introduced an award to recognise the contribution men make to achieving equity for women.
Women more often than men denigrate or downgrade their contributions. (This) is about recognising and celebrating women.Deb Maes
The everyday achievements of women in the Tamworth region are at the heart of Zonta’s vision that every woman is able to reach her full potential.
This year, as part of International Women’s Day, Zonta Tamworth has introduced a series of awards to recognise locals who go above and beyond to create an improved community and environment.
“Our awards are about celebrating and acknowledging things that are not always acknowledged in our community,” Zonta Tamworth president Deb Maes said.
“The focus of Zonta is empowerment of women.
“Women more often than men denigrate or downgrade their contributions. International Women’s Day is about recognising and celebrating women.”
There is also an award for local men who are strong advocates for gender equity.
“It represents how important it is for men and women to partner together if we want to achieve equity and empowerment for women,” Mrs Maes said.
“We have a good campaign on anti domestic violence and this is such a good compliment to that.”
Mrs Maes stressed women’s achievements shouldn’t solely be measured by their business ventures or dollars in the bank, but also by everyday success like stay-at-home mothers who volunteer their time at the school P&C.
The International Women’s Day Awards will be presented from 6.30pm on Friday, March 10 at the official International Women’s Day event hosted by Zonta, Tamworth Regional Council and Regional Australia Bank.
The event will be held at the Tamworth Community Centre and will feature esteemed writer and social commentator Jane Caro as the guest speaker.
The event will double as a fundraiser for Zonta’s midwifery scholarships.