International Women’s Day is an annual celebration of the incredible, unique and valued
contribution women make in our communities. As the Principal of the Australian International Islamic College, I was honoured to be invited by our Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, to join her at the UN Women’s International Women’s Day event, held at the Brisbane Convention Centre.
I joined Annastacia, along with our newly appointed College Captain, Ruksana Akter for a morning of inspiration, reflection and humility. Hosted by SBS reporter Alice Matthews, the event focused on the theme “Generation Equality”, looking at the efforts of UN Women to bring gender equality around the globe. With over half a billion women world-wide being illiterate, and with tens of millions of girls having no access to an education, this is a cause that is close to our hearts at AIIC.
We know that when you educate a girl, you create a woman who can provide for herself, and her family.
The Australian International Islamic College is fiercely proud of our women and girls, all but
eliminating the gender gap in the fields of STEM both in terms of teachers and enrolled students. We not only facilitate, but encourage and support our girls to pursue their education in the field of their choosing. We provide strong, ethical and resilient role models for our girls, not only in the teachers, but in our leaders and within our wider community.
On this, the 2020 annual International Women’s Day, I pay tribute to all women, and the unique roles that they play.
“Here’s to strong women; may we know them, may we be them; may we raise them”