Full house at Diving into Boola Bardip

It was a full house for the Diving into Boola Bardip Women in Science event. Our three magnificent speakers, Dr Lisa Kirkendale, Dr Zoe Richards and Dr Nerida Wilson from the WA Museum, kept the audience spellbound with their personal stories of how they became interested in science and the challenges and opportunities presented with their work as marine biologists.

Zontians, friends and family were joined by students and staff from Perth Modern School for this night that celebrated women in STEM.

Our speakers talked of their childhood, their student years and their current research. They showed how you could go to a country school hundreds of kilometres from the sea and still have an ocean-based career. They stressed the importance of maths in their work. We laughed as they demonstrated how they tied a simple plastic washing up brush to the arm of a multi million dollar robotic submarine – and wiggled it to attract squids and other creatures of the deep. The creatures rubbed themselves on the brush, leaving small amounts of tissue on the bristles. The tissue was analysed for its DNA and this helped to identify new species!

They had species named after them. They worked in the tropics. They worked in Antarctica. They were generous, intelligent and witty. They loved their work and were eager to share it answering questions with enthusiasm before, during and after the event.

To us land-lubbers, they impressed us with their bravery as they worked in an environment inhabited by sharks and sea snakes – often at very close quarters. On some of the semi submersed coral reefs, they have lookouts posted to keep them safe from crocodiles. They are working on the front line of climate change and have travelled the world in their work. What a life!

After the presentations, the raffle was drawn for the luxury mini-break at COMO the Treasury. Sarah Josey was the lucky winner.

Many thanks go to the fabulous speakers who made the event such a success, to KPMG and their staff for the venue and to COMO the Treasury for its wonderful raffle prize. Over $4,5000 was raised from this wonderful evening and funds will go towards Zonta’s health and education projects.

  • Zonta Says YES to gender equality.
  • Zonta Says NO to violence against women.
  • Zonta Says NOW to gender equality and climate action.

Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Do you know a young woman aged between 16 and 19, who is committed to volunteering and making the world a better place for others?

The prestigious Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award will support them to achieve their future goals and acknowledge their contribution to society.

One application opens the way for up to three awards.

  • The Zonta Club of Perth awards the successful applicant with $500.
  • The successful application is then considered for a further US$1,500 by District 23, that includes all the Zonta Clubs in WA, SA, Victoria and Tasmania.
  • The District 23 awardee’s application is forwarded to Zonta International for the opportunity to receive an additional US$5,000.

All it takes is one application! What are you waiting for?

Closing date 19 March 2021 at 5pm.

Applications Now Open for University Education Award

2019 University Education Awardee Kimberley Wilde receiving her award from District 23 Lt Governor, Sandra Burns.

Do you know a woman over 25 who is undertaking her first degree and could do with a bit of financial help?

Applications for the Zonta Club of Perth’s Education Award, valued at $2,000, are now open.

This award is for undergraduates who have completed their first year at a Western Australian University and are enrolled for the 2021 Academic Year.

More details and the application form are available from this link.

Diving into Boola Bardip pushed back

Diving into Boola Bardip is one of many victims of Perth’s snap Covid lockdown last week!

As some heightened Covid restrictions will continue until 14 February, this women-in-science event has been pushed back to Thursday 18 February. By pushing the event back one week, we will create a better, unmasked, experience for everyone involved! 

We aplogise for any inconvenience, but as you can appreciate the circumstances causing the delay were outside of our control. 

If you have bought a ticket and the 18 February date does not work for you, please email zontaperth@gmail.com, and we will arrange a refund through Humanitix.

We look forward to seeing you on 18 February from 5.30pm at KPMG. There will be guides on the ground floor to show you the way to the event. If you need additional tickets, they are available from Humanitix.

This will be a night to remember with Dr Lisa Kirkendale, Dr Zoe Richards and Dr Nerida Wilson from the WA Museum sharing stories of their ocean-based research. Their laboratory stretches from the Kimberley to Antarctica and beyond. We will hear what it took to get the best jobs in WA!

Please remember to bring cash on the night for the raffle. COMO The Treasury has kindly donated an overnight stay for two with breakfast, valued at $795 – a fantastic prize. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20.  

Thanks again to COMO The Treasury and KPMG for supporting Diving into Boola Bardip.

We look forward to seeing you on the 18 February.

Can you help to get justice for Stacey?

Can you help to seek justice for Stacey Thorne – a Noongar woman murdered in Boddington on 9 December 2007? 

To date, no one has been held to account for her horrific murder. 

New research has highlighted the differences in the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s and non-Indigenous women’s missing person’s cases.

Aboriginal (First Nations) women in West Australia are at a high risk of murder and as mothers are 17.5 times more likely to be the victim of a homicide. 

There is also racism by the criminal justice system, leaving them and their children vulnerable. Perpetrators may offend with impunity.  Aboriginal women also suffer high rates of disability linked to this violence they are subjected to.

Dr Hannah McGlade, who spoke at our November club meeting, is coordinating a petition to the WA Legislative Council to seek justice for our First Nations women. It recommends that the WA Government:

  1. Release the 2013 Corruption and Crime Commission report into Stacey Thorne’s murder.
  2. Acknowledge violence against and murder of First Nations women.
  3. Inquire into the deaths and disappearances of First Nations women in WA.
  4. Investigate the media reporting of First Nations women’s deaths.
  5. Commit to addressing structural and systemic discrimination that disadvantages and impedes First Nations women’s access to legal services, victim supports and justice.

As only original signatures are permitted, you will need to print out the petition, sign it, and post it back to Dr Hannah McGlade.  Details are on the petition.

Please ask your family, friends and colleagues to consider signing it too.

Let’s get justice for women like Stacey.

Have you dived into Boola Bardip yet?

Tickets are selling fast for our major Diving into Boola Bardip fundraising event on 11 February! Have you got yours yet?

The great news is that the magnificent COMO The Treasury has kindly donated one night’s accommodation for two in a Heritage Room with breakfast for our major raffle prize.  This ‘escape to the city’ overnight package is valued at $795. Raffle tickets will be available on the night for $10 each or 3 for $20, so bring some cash to be in the draw!

This will be an evening to remember….

We are celebrating the 2021 International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and have lined up three of the WA Museum’s fantastic aquatic scientists to share and discuss their award-winning work in the world’s largest living laboratory—the ocean.  Our speakers will be:

  • Dr Lisa Kirkendale—Head of Aquatic Zoology and Curator of Molluscs at the WA Museum
  • Dr Zoe Richards—Curator of Marine Invertebrates at the WA Museum and Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University
  • Dr Zoe Richards—Curator of Marine Invertebrates at the WA Museum and Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University

Due to COVID restrictions we are limited to 80 tickets, with half already sold – so get your tickets today!

Tickets are $50 from Humanitix and include welcome refreshment and canapes.

Date: Thursday 11 February, 5.30 pm to 8 pm. (Talks start from 6pm)

At: KPMG, 235 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

Remember, all proceeds go to Zonta’s health and education programs to empower women and girls. Find out more on our club’s website or email us for more information.

Many thanks to KPMG and COMO The Treasury for their kind support of this event.

Diving into Boola Bardip

Here is a gift idea for your family and friends that will educate and entertain and also empower women and girls – give tickets to Diving into Boola Bardip! These fill fit into a stocking easily…

To celebrate the 2021 International Day of Women and Girls in Science, on 11 February 2021, the Zonta Club of Perth is hosting Diving into Boola Bardip. Boola Bardip is the new state-of-the-art WA Museum that opened in November.

There is so much more to the WA Museum that what you see on display. Behind the scenes there are many scientists who are exploring, collecting and immortalising the wonders of WA. Three of those scientists will be sharing their award-winning work from the world’s largest living laboratory—the ocean. 

  • Dr Lisa Kirkendale—Head of Aquatic Zoology and Curator of Molluscs at the WA Museum (who took the photo of this blue lipped giant clam at the top of this page!)
  • Dr Zoe Richards—Curator of Marine Invertebrates at the WA Museum and Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University
  • Dr Nerida Wilson—Manager of the Molecular Systematics Unit at the WA Museum

Be inspired by what it takes to get the best jobs in WA!

Event Summary

Event: Diving into Boola Bardip

Date and Time: Thursday 11 February 2021, from 5.30pm to 8pm

Location: KPMG, 235 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Tickets: $50 each from Humanitix. Tickets include a welcome refreshment and canapes.

Proceeds from this fundraising event will go to Zonta’s health and education programs to empower women and girls. www.zontaperth.org.au

Many thanks to KPMG for their fantastic support of this event.

Due to Covid restrictions, there will be a limit on the number of tickets sold and contact details will be required on booking.

Day 16: We support the Zonta House Refuge Association

For more than 36 years, the Zonta House Refuge Association Inc. has supported women who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing family and domestic violence.

Zonta House provides refuge and transitional accommodation, holistic support services and education to women over the age of 18. In the last financial year 2019-20:

  • 343 women accessed supported accommodation
  • 25 women were provided with specialist study and employment case management
  • 52 community awareness sessions were delivered to 2493 people
  • 134 education programs were facilitated with 507 attendances
  • 105 women were provided with specialist mental health and alcohol and other drug appointments over 604 sessions
  • 74 women were provided with parenting support in prison
  • 109 coaching sessions were delivered
  • 56 women were provided with support to reintegrate into the community from the adult justice system.

The Zonta Club of Perth is proud to support Zonta House.

Zonta Says NO to violence against women today and everyday!

Day 15: We work to end child marriage

Globally, 21% of girls are married before they turn 18, robbing them of their childhood.

Child marriage is globally recognized as a harmful practice and a human rights violation. However, despite laws against it, the practice remains widespread and can be found in cultures, religions, ethnicities and countries around the world.

Girls with no education are three times as likely as those with secondary education to marry by age 18. Early marriage is associated with a higher risk of intimate partner violence and social isolation.

The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage, which Zonta has supported since 2018, was designed to address the issue over 15 years from 2015 through 2030. This video that shows the difference this program can make to girls’ lives.

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that must be stopped. Though it is just one piece of the puzzle, returning children to classrooms and educating them on their rights is taking a step toward ending this human rights violation.

Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women

Zonta Club of Perth

Day 14: Eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work

The International Labour Organisation Violence and Harassment Convention 190 is the first international labour standard to address violence and harassment in the world of work. It will enter into force in June 2021.

The Argentinian Netflix thriller movie The Crimes that Bind offers an in-depth look at gender violence in the work and domestic spheres – the areas that ILO C190 addresses. The film follows a family where a mother is blinded by her unconditional love for her 35 year old son and is unable to even consider the possibility that he could be guilty of assault, rape, stalking and violence against women…

Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women

Zonta Club of Perth