Hundreds turn out for International Women’s Day celebrations on the Gold Coast

Hundreds of females, and a few token males, gathered at the Arts Centre Gold Coast today to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Gold Coast International Women’s Day organiser Josephine Tobias told myGC the focus of this year’s event was to encourage everyone to make a commitment to equality for all. “International Women’s Day gives us an opportunity to look at the issues that are relevant and contemporary to women today. While women have equality in some ares, there are still many doors closed. It’s a chance to continue the journey to ensure we all become equal.”

The event also recognsied the work of local women in the Gold Coast community, with seventeen ladies receiving awards for 2016.


The fabulous Effie hit the stage as the special guest speaker at the event,  filling in for Kerri-Anne Kennerley who had to pull out at the last minute after her husband suffered serious injuries following a balcony fall.

The bold greek goddess (as she refers to herself) did not disappoint, delivering some epic one-liners and pepping up everyone in the crowd.

Here are some Effie quotes that hit home with everyone at the luncheon:

  • “Women are the chicken and the egg!”
  • “We chicks have to be up our selves, we need to love ourselves and we need to stand up for ourselves!”
  • “We women need to be each other’s bras. We need to support and cradle each other so we can be pert and upright!”

Check out all of the photos from the event below:

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