Friday, March 8 marks a very special day on the calendar - International Women's Day.
Plenty of local community groups around Mandurah are ready to celebrate the annual day with a number of events in the Peel region.
The theme of this year's International Women's Day is 'more powerful together' and aims to highlight the social and economic benefits to be gained through gender equality.
Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk said the the day is an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of women and to highlight the work still to be done to ensure women experience full equality.
Ms McGurk urged Western Australians to take action to close the gender gap.
“In a nation defined by prosperity, stability and opportunity, women are slipping backwards," she said.
“This isn’t a women’s issue.
"Equality for women just makes sense because we are more powerful together. Men, women, children, the community and our economy will all grow and prosper by closing the gender gap.
“I ask everyone to consider the role they can play in achieving gender equality because we all want a Western Australia where every girl has the opportunity to fulfill her potential.”
Friday, March 8
International Women's Day Lunch Break
- When: 12pm-1pm
- Where: Make Place
Fierce working ladies are being encouraged to take a break from their day and join up for a networking event at Make Place to celebrate International Women's Day.
Lunch is BYO but there will be plenty of bubbles to celebrate all things women and free co-working space for new members on Friday, and for all of March.
Self Love Walk
- When: 1pm-3pm
- Where: Town Beach
Mandurah mother Kieana Copeland is preparing to host her second ever self love walk to celebrate International Women's Day.
Participants will take part in guided meditations, breakthrough activities to develop personal growth and self love and will strip down to whatever feels comfortable for a walk along Town Beach.
There will be complimentary Kombucha and nibbles as well as plenty of support and advice available on the day.
International Women's Day forum
- When: 5.30pm
- Where: David Grays Arena (formerly Bendigo Bank Stadium)
Mandurah's pioneer annual International Women's Day event is back for 2019, this time hosted by charismatic guest speaker Verity James.
There will be presentations, awards and plenty of networking opportunities at the celebration as well as drink provided on arrival and a meal to enjoy during the night.
Doors open from 4.45pm for a 5.30pm start. Presented by event partners Alcoa Pinjarra, Purslowe Funerals Mandurah, Peel Thunder Football Club and the City of Mandurah.
Monday, March 11
Morning Glory panel discussion
- When: 7.30am-8.30am
- Where: Make Place
March is the month for women with the celebrations of International Women's Day continuing through to Monday.
An amazing panel of women, all finalists in the Zonta Young Women of Peel Award, all under 30 years of age, all local and all working hard for our community, will tell their stories.
Panelists Kellee Aberg, Jamie-Anne Madigan and Ruby Liddelow and facilitator Skipper van Peer will also answer questions and dig into coffee and muffins with audience members.
Sunday, March 31
Self Love Sunday
- When: 1pm-4pm
- Where: Make Place
The celebrations of women continue for all of March with a 'Self Love Sunday' event at Make Place to relax, rejuvenate and indulge.
Participants are encouraged to take some time for themselves with a variety of local indulgence businesses joining the event to pamper and provide you with some exciting products and services.
Local businesses taking part include Jennifer Collins from Momentum Massage and Movement Therapies, La Loka Home Made Bath and Beauty Products by Trish Campbell, Kisses n Makeup Artistry by Caitlin Alford, Emma Mulvay - Bra Fit Specialist: Intimo Lingerie and Vanda B Ladds from Made With Love Photography as well as many more.