09 Mar 2020 1:26 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

BPW Adelaide has launched a campaign calling on the Premier of South Australia to request the Governor to add the Observance of International Women’s Day to the current March public holiday.  The world celebrates the contribution of women by marking International Women’s Day on 8 March each year.  About that time in SA there is a public holiday for a horse race.  BPW Adelaide advocates for recognising the contribution of women to SA by including them officially on this public holiday. 

International Women's Day is an official holiday in 26 countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Georgia, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.  Why not Australia?

Women are 50% of the population and South Australia was the first state in the world to legislate for women to stand for Parliament, and the second (after New Zealand) to permit women to vote. Let's lead the way again. 

#IWDPublicHoliday #ProclaimBoth #LeadTheWayAgain

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