ARARAT - Pacific Hydro celebrated International Women's Day by hosting a high tea for students and staff from local Ararat secondary schools at the Ararat VRI Bowls Club.
The event aimed to empower and inspire the students who heard from guest speakers working in the local area and beyond across a diverse range of fields.
Pacific Hydro executive manager, human resources Australia, Elizabeth Durham, said International Women's Day was an important date for women all around the world.
"The International Women's Day event in Ararat showcased some inspirational and successful women who shared their experiences in education, the workforce and day to day life," said Ms Durham.
"There are many talented young women living in Ararat and the surrounding area and we hope that this event inspired the Ararat students to think broadly about some of the exciting education and career opportunities open to them locally as they enter their final years of schooling.
"At Pacific Hydro, an important aspect of our global diversity strategy is to increase the opportunities for women, especially in senior management roles. A number of our female employees work in non-traditional fields and we value the skills and attributes that come from a diverse workplace."
Guest speakers included Heather Phillips, nurse educator, East Grampians Health Service, Pepita Atchison, marketing and events manager, Ararat Turf Club and Kim van Hattum, retail project manager, Pacific Hydro
Pepita Atchison said that she was excited to be involved in the event.
"I wanted to talk to students about the opportunities and experiences that education can provide," Ms Atchison said.
"I also encouraged young people to travel overseas, experience other cultures, and learn to appreciate the unique lifestyle and opportunities available in Australia."
International Women's Day is celebrated around the world on March 8 as a day to honour women's actions and achievements and recognise continuing challenges in achieving equity and fairness. The theme for 2014 was Inspiring Change. Thousands of events are held worldwide to mark the day.