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Attendees show shining support for International Women’s Day at USQ high tea

Winners of the 2017 USQ Shine BursariesThis year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme called upon men and women worldwide to take ground-breaking action in moving towards gender parity. 

This was a theme embraced by more than 150 guests who attended the 2017 USQ Shine International Women’s Day High Tea on 8 March. 

Pacts to #BeBoldForChange were made around the room as a collection of successful, inspiring and strong women shared their stories on stage.

Hit FM South Queensland’s Gabi Elgood emceed the event. 

Having spent the past five years moving from town to town and working her way up in the world of radio, Gabi is passionate about gender equality and has the opportunity to campaign for parity in her role as breakfast announcer in the South Queensland region. 

Special guest speaker for the event Penelope Twemlow used her time on stage to share some of the key lessons she’s learned through the milestones she has achieved as a determined woman in male-dominated industries. 

Penelope spent more than 10 years serving in the Australian Defence Forces in a number of domestic and international roles, and now stands as the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Skills Queensland. 

“One of the issues that separates men and women is simply opportunity, and I am determined to provide those opportunities to all women everywhere,” she said. 

“It’s up to each of us in this room right now to formulate our future and the future of our children, and we can begin by supporting our women to achieve up to and beyond the glass ceiling.”

In addition to speeches, including representatives from major sponsors of the event Heritage Bank and Shine Lawyers partnered with Best Wilson Buckley Family Law, USQ Shine Bursaries were awarded to three of the University’s incredible students who have truly enriched their local communities. 

Each winner received a $700 bursary in recognition of their dedication to study, leadership potential and community involvement. 

Alice Galea (Bachelor of Education, Secondary) lives at Concannon Residential College and has been widely recognised for her academic excellence and community service, establishing the Residential Colleges Academic Buddy Program. 

Emily Docherty-Rub (Bachelor of Creative Arts, Theatre) has been inspired to build a career that focuses on empowering young women, currently working on a cabaret that centres around the issues young women constantly battle. 

The third recipient, Miah Gibson (Juris Doctor), is a distance student at USQ and has worked in the refugee, migration, and counter-trafficking sectors for the past twelve years in government, non-government and United Nations roles. 

Following the young students’ acceptance speeches, it became clear that all three women are certainly ones to watch in the future. 
Photograph: The 2017 USQ Shine bursary winners Alice Galea (left), Emily Docherty-Rub (centre), and Miah Gibson (right) are smiling bright.