International Women’s Day 2021
For International Women’s Day 2021, Here for Gladstone celebrated our women by attending the Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) International Women’s Day Luncheon. We had 60 attendees from our three sites–Rio Tinto Yarwun, Queensland Alumina Limited, and Boyne Smelters Limited.
We listened intently to inspiring guest speakers, former Executive Director of UN Women Australia Julie McKay, and Indigenous Elder of the Australian Army Lorraine Hatton OAM, and the five amazing, locally employed women who made up the discussion panel, one of whom was our very own Belinda Maihi from Boyne Smelters Limited.
The event inspired us all to speak up and continue to seek change. We asked some of our attendees what their key takeaways were from the event.
Lisa Devlin, Health and Hygiene specialist from Rio Tinto Yarwun, said her key takeaway was to be kind, seek sponsorship, and choose to challenge.
Lucia Sanchez Mora, Graduate Process Engineer at Queensland Alumina Limited, said the day highlighted to her that mentorship and support from other females is key.
Jill Byatt, Boyne Smelters Limited Occupational Health Nurse, said the day reaffirmed the obstacles women have historically endured and overcome to facilitate our current opportunities.
A huge thank you to GEA for the wonderful event and for having Here for Gladstone as an event supporter.