On 8 March, individuals and organisations around the world will recognise the many achievements of women across industries and countries. There will be morning teas, speeches and awards, providing opportunities for us to learn more about our communities and the people who keep them running.
Of course, International Women’s Day (IWD) is more than a celebration; its history is grounded in the quest for gender equality. This year’s theme, #ChoosetoChallenge, calls us all to consider the actions we can take to ensure that our communities are places where every single person has every single opportunity and encouragement to thrive.
International Women’s Day can be a meaningful celebration but we know this work continues well beyond just one day. Here at The Babes Project, we are all for celebrating the women in our communities every day. We think of the ways our centre managers who have kept in touch with our mamas despite our centres facing lockdown closures, our Pregnancy Support Workers who volunteer their time to ensure women are equipped and supported through motherhood , and how our mamas take whatever challenges are thrown at them to continue to show up at the Babes, committing to our perinatal program and life skills workshops.
Our Babes mamas show us the value they place on the services we offer to ensure that they are equipped with skills that will serve them well into their journeys as parents. And where possible, The Babes Project loves connecting with like-minded organisations who understand the value of resourcing vulnerable families to access the education they are seeking.
That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Tiny Hearts Education, an organisation that provides essential paediatric first aid education, building in new parents the skills and confidence they need to best respond to their precious little one in the event of a medical emergency. Tiny Hearts will be providing free baby and child first aid courses to our Babes mamas, ensuring there are no barriers to women accessing the education they need to provide a safe environment for their children.
When meeting with the team at Tiny Hearts it is clear that they share our drive and determination to equip new parents. And they began because two women saw a need and decided to do their best to fill it! We love that passion!
It’s our shared vision for all women to have the skills and education they need to thrive in motherhood that makes this partnership between The Babes Project and Tiny Hearts Education something worth celebrating with our community this International Women’s Day! We believe this will be a powerful relationship that will truly make a difference for so many women.