International Women's Day Illawarra
Public Gates opening time
A peace advocate, artist, and musician, Dr. Gill Hicks AM MBE will share her story of compassion and humanity, emerging from the ashes of chaos and hate. She is globally known as an advocate for sustainable peace and a valuable resource in countering violent extremism.
On 7 July 2005 Hicks set out for work and within hours, she was the last living casualty rescued from one of three Underground trains attacked by terrorists in the '7/7' London bombings. Although she survived the attack, both her legs were amputated below the knee. But Gill is much more than a survivor. She founded M.A.D. Minds and Music Art Discussion, where she brings her performance and visual art together to express her wonder and observations of life. Returning to Australia, she continues to thrive in the arts and inspires with her resilience.
At IWD 2024, Gill’s story will leave you inspired by the power of choosing life, refusing to hate, and working towards a better humanity.
Each year, International Women’s Day celebrates a worldwide theme and in 2024 the theme is Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress. It examines the pathways to greater economic inclusion for women and girls to build their capabilities and strengthen their capacity to learn, earn and lead.
The annual charity fundraiser is one of the most sought-after events on the Illawarra calendar and helps raise awareness of the need for gender parity around the world.
Tickets to the popular three-course luncheon (including drinks package) sell fast so don’t miss out!