International Women's Day is celebrated around the world on 8 March. It is a day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for gender parity.
At BreastScreen Victoria, it may seem like every day is International Women's Day. We have a diverse and predominantly female staff across different roles. We celebrate all the exceptional women that help make BreastScreen Victoria possible: our staff members from our Client Contact Team, receptionists, administrative support to our radiologists, radiographers, clinical directors, program managers and everyone at the Co-ordination Unit. We also recognise our amazing Ambassadors, Consumer Representatives, and clients across Victoria.
Thank you for the work you do and your commitment to diversity and equality.
We continuously aim to make breast screen equitable and accessible to all eligible Victorians. We offer information sessions and group bookings for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, dedicated screening sessions for LGBTI+ people, and bring breast screening via the Mobile Screening Service to women in rural, regional, and Aboriginal communities.
We're learning every day. Feminist writer Gloria Steinem said, "Decisions are best made by the people affected by them." That's why we put clients at the centre of everything we do, whether it's Rainbow Tick, The Beautiful Shawl Project, or changing how we communicate about breast screening and with our clients and consumers.
This year's IWD theme is Choose to Challenge. "A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change." Together, let's celebrate women's achievement, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality.