Join Hoap to celebrate International Women's Day

Published 07/03/2022

Celebrating International Women's Day

Hoap celebrates today as International Women’s Day and advocates for a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality.

We continue to support the women internally with our organisation and our Hoap family outside of our walls to be the best version of themselves.

We shared this celebration with some of our amazing Hoap talent and asked them what #IWD means to them?

Celebrate today and continue to challenge the past so that we can #BreakTheBias.

Katrina Webb

What does IWD mean to you?

A global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

How will you celebrate IWD?

I will be speaking at 2 different IWD events this year.

Who/What inspires you to be authentically you? 

I'll share this video, it might be a useful one to look at.

Trying to get the right balance of ‘being enough’ is exhausting. Being authentic is energising.

I am not going to blindly contribute to gender inequality.

I am going to take the risk to abandon the ‘am I credible enough’ and ‘am I capable and expert enoughs’, in fact I am going to do my absolute best at abandoning all the ‘am I enoughs’.

I am going to believe, deep down that I am enough, so I can then say “Enough!” for others who may not yet be able to.

I am going to continue to promote and support other women.

I am going to be bold enough to step up to be a symbol, as we know symbolism works in Australia. If you can see it, you can be it.

I am going to keep doing things, even when it is hard.

And after this video, I am NOT going to dissect it with the ‘was it enough’, because today what I do know is, that it was ENOUGH.

I am enough.


Is there any other women that you would like to recognise?

I would like to recognise the women in my lineage who have paved the way for to have the opportunities I have in 2022.

All of the fabulous women in my life who have encouraged, referred, endorsed, challenged and supported me!

Eloise Hall

What does IWD mean to you?

International Women's day, to me, means a time where we can celebrate the successes of women as individuals and as a collective. It's a time where communities can re-assess the work that has been done before us, and the work that is to be done ahead of us, in hopes of a more gender equal society. It's a moment of our calendar year where gender equity is welcomed. 

How will you celebrate IWD?

This International Women's day I am lucky to be sharing about the work I do at TABOO to a handful of strangers at a celebratory lunch hosted by a partner organisation. I'll be sitting with a panel of courageous women, and feel honoured to share a stage with powerful people who inspire me. 

Who/What inspires you to be authentically you? 

I draw inspiration to be authentically me from a whole variety of places. Firstly, other people who really step into their creative expression of being themselves, without letting anyone apply social or subconscious boundaries to their expression! Secondly, I find inspiration in nature, which I know sounds a bit bland, but nature is so uniquely expressive, and there is a never ending amount of detail to explore in the elements of our environment. The variety of colour, the intensity of the elements and the design of our animals and plants inspires me to also be my unique self. I like being reminded that I am an intentional and active part of our ecosystem! 


Are there any other women that you would like to recognise?

I have a lifetime's worth of thanks to give to the women in my immediate family. My mum and my two older sisters, who have really encouraged me to be the strongest version of myself. My sisters gifted me so much wisdom and advice that has really shaped who I am, and how I understand myself. I think only from there, can you understand the context of how you fit into other people's lives, what careers you may entail, and how to navigate life authentically in general.

Isobel Marshall

What does IWD mean to you?

To me, IWD means acknowledging and celebrating the many incredible people who have sacrificed so much of their time, energy and skills, working towards a future in which one’s potential isn’t determined by their gender. IWD is a day to reflect on the triumphs of the past, and determine what still needs to be done, and how we can work together to achieve it. 

How will you celebrate IWD?

I'm privileged to be able to spend some of IWD listening to some inspiring women speak at various events. I’ll spend the rest of the day on hospital placement, a place where I can work alongside people of different genders and backgrounds - which I feel grateful to be able to do! I have some brilliant female doctors to look up to, which is amazing because it wasn’t so long ago that it would have been hard to find female leaders in medicine. I can see that patients and the community benefit greatly from having diverse perspectives represented at the decision making table. That doesn’t mean that gender equality has been reached though - there’s lots still to be done. 

Who/What inspires you to be authentically you? 

I think the main reason I can be authentically myself is because I’ve learnt to like myself enough to present myself authentically in my interactions with other people! But I am so lucky, because I was brought up by parents who never made me question whether I should be authentically me, and that secure base set me up to bring my personal sense of self into other areas of my life. 

Are there any other women that you would like to recognise?

Mothers are on my heart at the moment. Raising children should absolutely be a team effort between parents, but that is definitely not the norm yet. The process of pregnancy, child birth and raising children is an enormous responsibility and a huge sacrifice, and I don’t believe it’s recognised enough as a role that contributes so greatly to our current and future society. I want to recognise mothers and in particular, single Mothers this IWD. 

Harriet Gray

What does IWD mean to you?

International Women’s Day to me is a time to view the progression of women’s rights through a dual lens of optimism and realism. Strong women have championed the realisation of many amazing milestones in gender equality, but barriers still prevent equal opportunities for women. Namely, there is a lack of collective social effort to recognise barriers for women as legitimate. This prevents equitable allocation of resources to reduce the gender divide. The 2022 IWD theme ‘break the bias’ resonates strongly with me as I believe everyone can create change on an individual level to ultimately create greater shifts in gender equality. Breaking the gender bias in our own communities, workplaces, schools, universities and other public spaces is an individual responsibility we should all take on; not just women but people of all genders, and not just today but every day. 

How will you celebrate IWD?

This International Women’s Day I will be joining Eloise for a celebratory IWD lunch where I am excited to hear the lived experiences of some incredible women. I will be spending the rest of the day creating content for IWD to share with the incredible followers of TABOO! 

Who/What inspires you to be authentically you? 

I find myself feeling very grounded (fortunately) by my work at TABOO. Working at TABOO gives me space to both live out my values and work on causes I am passionate about every day! Having my values, work, and ultimately, self, woven together so tightly allows me to be authentically myself. I am also surrounded by fantastic groups of people throughout all aspects of my life who share similar values to me and bring me a lot of comfort, allowing myself to be authentically me. 

Are there any other women that you would like to recognise?

I want to recognise and celebrate all women out there who are actively fighting for gender equality whether on an individual level in their own communities, or on a macro government and policy level - it isn’t an easy fight but it is everyone’s collective efforts that will create change. Part of that group is also the men who are championing gender equality!

Thank You

A massive thank you to all these amazing Women for their contribution and sharing these words with us we hope you all celebrate #IWD 2022

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