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Two Ipswich women everyone needs to know this International Women’s Day

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, two local women are busy making a difference to the lives of both women and girls in Ipswich.

International Women’s Day – 8 March – is a day close to both women’s hearts, Rebecca Sullivan working as the Dean of Students at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School and Amie Carrington who is the CEO of Ipswich’s Domestic Violence Action Centre.

Last year DVAC supported 8,900 people through its services and primary prevention work, at the forefront of this work was Ms Carrington who works to support local women, children and families experiencing domestic violence.

“I have always been passionate about using my skills and expertise to contribute to social justice and equality,” Ms Carrington said.

“I feel privileged to work in this role alongside the team at DVAC and within the broader sector of like-minded committed individuals who are using their profession to contribute to building an even better society.”

Devoting her life to helping young women find their true passions in life, Ms Sullivan said she was inspired to become a teacher because she wanted to make a difference in the lives of young women and inspire them to achieve their goals.

“I love my role at the school and how it encompasses student wellbeing and overseeing the holistic education of all the girls across years seven to 12,” Ms Sullivan said.

“I feel privileged each day that the girls at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School share their lives with me.

“Being able to guide them to grow and develop into the best person they can be, is a very meaningful experience.”

Image caption: Dean of Students Rebecca Sullivan with IGGS Head Girls Amandi Jayawardena & Quinn Venz.

When Ms Carrington thinks about what International Women’s Day means to her, it brings up many memories of times spent at International Women’s Day rallies with her mother.

“That tradition has carried through for me my whole life,” Ms Carrington said.

“International Women’s Day is important to me because gender equity is still such an important issue in our society.

“It is great to work in Ipswich alongside other successful women such as Jennifer Howard and our first female Mayor Theresa Harding.”

When asked about what International Women’s Day means to her, Ms Sullivan said she loves how International women’s Day is a celebration of the achievements of women.

“We can promote the sisterhood and the philosophy of working together and mentoring other women to achieve success,” she said.

When speaking about her vision for the future Ms Sullivan said she hopes to be a role model to her students and inspire them to be active community members.

“Our dedicated Life Skills Program has been designed to equip our girls with the skills they require to become active citizens who make meaningful contributions to their community,” Ms Sullivan said.

“In my current role I feel a sense of accomplishment as I can positively impact upon my students and hopefully make a difference for the better.”

Ms Carrington is also working hard towards an equal future for women which includes a right to safety and respect within their relationships.

“My vision is for all women to be equally celebrated across age, ethnicity, health and disbilit6y for the important contribution that they make to society,” Ms Carrington said.

“As a mother, I hope for my daughters to have the same opportunities, to have the same aspirations and dream as my son as they grow up.”

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