THE City of Ballarat also hosted a 3.43 afternoon tea, a free a public event at Alfred Deakin Place to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The 3.43pm timeslot is intended to draw attention to the gender pay gap of almost 16 per cent.
On average, women are working for free from this time on when compared to the salaries of men.
The event was presented by the City of Ballarat with partner organisations Women’s Health Grampians, Committee for Ballarat, ABC Ballarat, and Ballarat Health Services.
City of Ballarat CEO Justine Linley opened the event saying this inaugural event was almost a spur of the moment.
“It’s not a breakfast, it’s not a sit down lunch, it’s something that we can do, out in public, out in prime view in Ballarat to celebrate what it is to be a working woman and to seek to achieve, to progress, to change here in Ballarat,” she said.
“3.43pm represents the time that women should really be knocking off work because the gender pay gap is that significant. So despite my mother and generations before me had fought to have equal pay for women, it is still not the case.
“There is still a fair way to go in our determination to try and get a better representation for women in the workforce and be paid for the work that we do.” Women’s Health Grampians CEO Marianne Hendron said there were 75 organisations across the Grampians region that are part of the Communities of Respect and Equality a plan to prevent violence against women and their children in the Grampians Region.
“All of these are working towards preventing violence against women by addressing gender inequality,” Ms Hendron said.
“One of the initiatives we undertook to mark this International Women’s Day this year was to look at how we can demonstrate that core is actually making a difference.”