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    Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Fly a dove for peace on International Women’s Day

    Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Tuesday, February 28, 2006

    Fly a dove for peace on International Women’s Day

    Colourful doves will be flying at the upper stage in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall as part of celebrations for International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8.

    Women’s Minister Desley Boyle said women and men were invited to support International Women’s Day by painting or decorating a cardboard dove to add to the display.

    “Queensland women - from grandmothers to mothers, daughters, sisters and friends – are concerned about violence, about international terrorism and threats to their safety in their communities and in their own homes,” Ms Boyle said.

    “This International Women’s Day, let’s stand together and call for peace.”

    Ms Boyle said people could write their own personal peace message on a dove in the mall. The free event will run from 10.30am-2.30pm and the Minister will be speaking at 1.30pm on this year’s International Women’s Day theme ‘Women - striving for a peaceful society’.

    She will be joined by three ‘women of peace’ who will give their perspective on peace.

    The guest speakers are:

    ·Reverend Alexandra Hazel Gater (Aunty Alex), a prominent member of the Aboriginal and Torres StraitIsland community in Brisbane who was one of the ‘1000 women for peace’ nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last year

    ·Mia Leigh, a Muslim with two Australian-born daughters who is chairperson of the coordinating committee of Believing Women for a Culture of Peace

    ·Chris Henderson, a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

    “This is an opportunity to pay tribute to the many women in Queensland who are working for peace and to encourage others to follow their example. Many are unknown and unrecognised but they are doing vital work in our communities.

    “This year’s Queensland International Women’s Day poster features vibrantly coloured doves to represent the diversity of Queensland women working for peace. Those who come to the event on Queen Street Mall can take home a free poster and bookmark featuring the colourful artwork,” Ms Boyle said.

    The event is organised by the Queensland Government Office for Women. Contact Women’s Infolink on 1800 177 577 or visit www.women.qld.gov.au/IWD.

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