Burnet celebrates International Women's Day

Burnet Institute

08 March, 2013

Burnet Ambassador Belinda Collins with Professor Suzanne Crowe.

Burnet Institute has celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) with a luncheon, celebrating women in science and highlighting the inequalities in health that women in developing countries face today.

Head of Burnet’s Centre for Virology, Professor Suzanne Crowe AM hosted the event, speaking to a room full of women of all ages and different backgrounds.

“International Women’s Day celebrates women and recognises the remarkable achievement of women, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity of political belief,” Professor Crowe said.

“Some people consider ‘empowering’ no longer politically correct. But if I define it as overcoming limitations or increasing capacity, or as a step beyond solidarity, then I hope you will find it acceptable.”

Burnet Ambassador Belinda Collins said she is always conscious that being born in Australia is a great privilege.

“I’m lucky to have good health, a healthy family and safe childbirth but I could have been born in another country that doesn’t have the opportunities in health that we in Australia do,” Ms Collins said.

“I’m enormously proud to be involved with Burnet, who work so hard to address inequalities and strive to ensure all women, no matter where they are from enjoy the same rights and privileges as me.”

International Women’s Day began in March 1911 when more than one million women and men attended rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.

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