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International Womens Day 2018 #PressForProgress

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International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.

Within Defence, LTCOL Lara Bullpitt-Troy thrives in her role as the Commanding Officer of Joint Logistics Unit-North. A proud mother of two young boys, Lara has witnessed a positive change in the way that diversity and International Women’s Day (IWD) is embraced across the nation.

“It [International Women's Day] started off, I think, with some level of scepticism by people, but I believe that over the years, people have embraced diversity in the workplace,” she said.

“More and more people are starting to realise the value that diversity can offer and that’s not just gender diversity, but diversity in different views, different social experiences and backgrounds.”

“IWD provides an opportunity to highlight some of the contributions that different people through their diversity can bring to the workforce and to the community.”

Sitting on a panel in an IWD-themed event in Darwin on 8 March, Ms. Bullpitt-Troy shared her Defence experiences. From enlisting through the Army Ready Reserve scheme, to her role as the Officer Commanding for the Joint Movement Co-ordination Centre (JMCC) in the Middle East, she provided an incredible insight into her magnificent career.

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day.

Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

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Story from new.defence.gov.au and internationalwomensday.com 

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