Fab five to shine a spotlight on International Women’s Day

Published on 23 February 2022

Former Paralympian Elle Steele will feature in Council's IWD short film.jpg

A Paralympian, pro fighter, apprentice electrician and a pair of environmental pioneers will spread the message this International Women’s Day on how the Surf Coast community can help #BreakTheBias.

Surf Coast Shire Council will celebrate IWD on 8 March with the launch of a short film highlighting the journey of five local women.

The film will feature former Paralympic swimmer and intuitive healer Elle Steele, Muay Thai coach and pro fighter Lani Williams, apprentice electrician Nelia Niveen, long-time Anglesea Community Garden convenor Winsome Coutts, and fellow environmental activist, Surf Coast Youth 4 Climate member Harper Bolton.

“By sharing their stories, these five women are supporting the goal of a gender equal world,” Surf Coast Shire Mayor Libby Stapleton said.

“This year’s theme #BreakTheBias asks us to call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping whenever we see it. The theme aligns with one of our Council health and wellbeing goals – to promote gender equity. We hope this video is going to spark important conversations and create change.”

The short film will be launched on International Women’s Day – Tuesday 8 March – on Council’s website surfcoast.vic.gov.au/IWD and social media channels. It will also be screened at community house-run events in Anglesea, Torquay and Winchelsea, and at Lorne Country Club’s Get Into Golf Day.

“We’re delighted to support three of the local community houses hosting International Women’s Day events,” Cr Stapleton said.

“I have no doubt guests will be impressed by the calibre of women in the short film and how they are breaking the bias for girls and women of all abilities.”

The Mayor said she was honoured to lead a Council that includes five women, complemented by the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer Robyn Seymour.

“It’s important that females in leadership roles are visible to young girls and women. We know we’ve come a long way when it comes to gender parity but at the same time, there’s still a lot of work to be done to remove some of the hurdles females face on the path to become a leader.”

International Women’s Day is held annually to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also marks a call to action to accelerate women’s equality.

View Council’s IWD film from 8 March via surfcoast.vic.gov.au/IWD. The film is produced by Roseneath Creative.


. The film is produced by Roseneath Creative.


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