Stories to inspire

INSPIRING stories from three successful women will be told at Holroyd Council's International Women's Day event. A talk and lunch are on Tuesday at 10.30am, at the Holroyd Centre, to celebrate women's achievements.

Holroyd High School principal of 19 years, Dorothy Hoddinott will speak. Many of her students speak little or no English and some arrived here in flimsy boats. It is often the first school they have attended and their families have very few resources.

She set up a scholarship in 2002, the Friends of Zainab Scholarship, started after she used her own funds to help young asylum-seeker Zainab Kaabi complete her schooling.

She will talk about some of the girls who've attended the school. "You hear a lot about boys but not much about girls unless it's in a domestic environment," she said. "There are 50 per cent of women studying in tertiary education and they perform well. Only 13 per cent of company directors are female."

Other speakers are the council's multicultural officer Beatrice Sesay and Australia Day ambassador Eman Sharobeem.

Details, bookings: Ashley Theobald, ashley.theobald@holroyd.nsw.gov.au or 9840 9851.

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