| Oct 11, 2018
Since 2012, October 11 has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the challenges that girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
Students and teachers at Mount St Joseph College, Milperra, gathered for a Women for the World event to raise money for Caritas Australia. Students catered the luncheon themselves! Photo Credit: Daniel Nour/Caritas Australia
On International Day of the Girl, Caritas Australia is celebrating the creativity and resourcefulness of young women from the Caritas community right here in Australia.
Earlier this year, young women leaders at Sydney’s Mount Saint Joseph College, Milperra, organised a lunch to inspire their fellow students and to stress that despite challenges, girls across the world can excel.
Inspired by Caritas Australia’s Women for the World, a campaign which seeks to empower women in their communities, the school’s Student Evangelisation Ambassadors organised the entire event, managing everything from invitations to marketing and catering.
Student leaders brought together speakers from various Catholic social justice organisations who spoke on the challenges that women face, as well as the powerful impact women can have in their communities. They also raised hundreds of dollars for Caritas Australia!
Students and teachers at Mount St Joseph College, Milperra, gathered for a Women for the World event to raise money for Caritas Australia. Students catered the luncheon themselves!
Photo Credit: Daniel Nour/Caritas Australia
For Dominique Farah, Youth Ministry and Social Justice Coordinator at Mount St Joseph College Milperra, seeing the young women in her community take a leadership role in the event was a source of inspiration.
"I was really impressed with the way that this was put in the hands of the students to organise (the event). It gave them an authentic learning experience so that they could tap into the real world," Dominique said.
During the luncheon, the young women leaders spoke of the global challenge of overcoming society’s prejudices about what girls are capable of achieving.
The girls really got a sense of the fact that no barrier is great enough to prevent them from achieving what they want to, because they were shown lots of examples of people who came from very humble beginnings around the world and did great things with their lives.
- Dominique, Mount St Joseph College Milperra
Thank you Mount Saint Joseph College for your generosity and support of Caritas Australia’s work to empower women all over the world!