FEMALE LEAD: (Front) Bridget Patullo, Maddison Scott-Fitzgerald and Ava Hayes and (back) Grace Rule, Hannah Rugless and Sophie Farran from St Cath's Z-Club.
FEMALE LEAD: (Front) Bridget Patullo, Maddison Scott-Fitzgerald and Ava Hayes and (back) Grace Rule, Hannah Rugless and Sophie Farran from St Cath's Z-Club. Claudia Alp

Z-Club strives for female empowerment

A GROUP of determined young women from St Catherine's Catholic College have set out to empower and improve women around the world starting with a significant community project.

St Catherine's Catholic College Z-Club (Junior Zonta) partnered with Zonta Whitsundays for the sixth year running to assemble 500 birthing kits to be distributed to mothers in Third-World countries.

The kits provide the means for mothers to have a cleaner and safer birth.

That night, Junior Zonta group screened the film 'Hidden Figures' with viewers asked to donate sanitary items and/or second-hand hand bags instead of an entry fee.

Co-ordinator Susan Beale said the club was raising awareness of the situation of homeless women and those struggling financially in our community and beyond.

"The idea is to improve women around the world. So instead of suffering the indignity of choosing between feeding themselves and their children or buying sanitary products, they have access to those, ” she said.

'Hidden Figures' tells the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Ms Beale said the fact that the film was based on a true story gives extra weight to the theme of female empowerment and strength.

"We wanted something with a strong female cast, strong female roles and story lines that really fitted in with the empowerment of women,” she said.

Ms Beale said the group hopes to make the event an annual one.

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