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Each year, Council hosts a free International Women's Day event for young women from various sections of the community including local high schools, community groups, and advocacy organisations.

The year's morning tea style event featured a diverse panel of guest speakers in Q&A style format, with performances and of course morning tea!

Meet the 2021 speakers

Kirli Saunders

Kirli is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning international writer of poetry, plays and picture books. She is a teacher, cultural consultant and artist. In 2020, Kirli was named the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.

Her new book 'Bindi' was the inaugural winner of the WA Premier's Book Awards, Daisy Utemorrah Award and will be released in October.

Jodi Edwards

Jodi is a D’harawal language speaker who is passionate about awakening the language and working in and with the local Aboriginal community

Melissa Gaspari

Melissa is passionate about learning and discovering new and innovative solutions to create a truly sustainable built environment and the impacts our environments have on our health, both mental and physical.

Dr Katarina Mikac

Dr Kataraina is a Senior Lecturer at UOW. She is a champion of women in science and strives to mentor young women in science. Dr Katarina was recently named as a finalist in the 2021 Shellharbour Citizen of the Year Awards.


LEO is a gorgeously authentic independent artist with a powerful presence and wicked sense of humour. With an enchanting voice and story to tell, LEO uses honest songwriting to take listeners on a journey through her own experiences, creating an intimate and engaging atmosphere.

Adara Enthaler

Adara is freelance writer, editor, performance poet and arts administrator. Her poetry and short fiction is fuelled by her zeal for honest, visceral stories, and human connection through words. Adara works with the South Coast Writers Centre, Wollongong Writers Festival, Society City Collective and Enough Said Poetry Slam.