International Women’s Day 2018

Left to right: Rebecca De Burgh, Virginia Willcock and Aymee Monk - amazing women in our local liquor industry.

Left to right: Rebecca De Burgh, Virginia Willcock and Aymee Monk - amazing women in our local liquor industry.

Each year there is a different focus on International Women’s Day, in 2018 it is; 


In 2017, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report told us that gender parity was still more than 200 years away. Women’s equality has come a long way since the Women’s Liberation Movement of the late 1960’s, but we still have much work to do. In 2017 the world saw an uprising of global activism working towards women’s equality, fuelled by the #metoo movement, and #timesup. The global momentum for gender parity is building, but it is founded on the small positive gains we make every day.

#pressforprogress is a “strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive”.

International Women's Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let's all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let's all Press for Progress.

Advocacy. Activism. Support.

What is gender parity?

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report, “Gender parity is an important achievement that strongly influences whether economies and societies advance. Successfully harnessing and mobilising half of the world’s total talent pool has a huge impact on the growth, competitiveness and future-readiness of economies and organisations across the globe.”

“The Global Gender Gap Report benchmarks 144 countries regarding their progress on gender parity via four main themes: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment. There's also data around the dynamics of gender gaps across industry talent pools and occupations.

Unfortunately, data shows that the gender gap is widening, so there desperately needs to be new ways of thinking if the world is to close the gender gap. Progress is regressing and moving backwards. Instead of taking 170 years to close the gap at the current rate of progress, it is estimated that gender parity across the world will take over two centuries, 217 years to be exact.”

In recognition of International Women's Day, we're featuring three amazing women excelling in our local liquor industry: Rebecca De Burgh, Distiller at Margaret River Distilling Co., Virginia Willcock Chief winemaker for Vasse Felix and Aymee Monk brewer at Colonial Brewing Co. These women are cutting against the grain of a largely male dominated preserve and we think each of them are amazing role models for women everywhere!