International Women's Day - 8th March 2014

Written by: Nitty Brown



International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.”  Today I personally have a lot to be thankful and celebrate.  I would like to mention 3 important women to me who inspire me both in my personal and business world.  I have chosen 3 women that are amazing and I would like to thank.

Joyce, My Mother


My mum Joyce with the Federal Attorney General.

My mother is a huge advocate in the community sector for the South Eastern Suburbs in Melbourne, she has built respect amongst colleagues and is looked upon as an advisor for many different topics of cultural diversity.   Personally, she has always worked and taken care of us and now her 7 grandchildren who are all under 8.  On Sunday’s my parents house is full of love and happiness and a truly uniting family and this is due to the strength and love of my parents. 

It seems I have been called to follow in her foot steps of working with women within the community which is a gift passed on from her.


Susan Dibbs Founder of GO Festival


Susan Dibbs (right) and I at a fashion launch, meeting some potential fashion exhibitors.

I met Susan Dibbs through a facebook group and have become close friends, she is one of the women I would say is an inspiration to all of us.  Founder of the GO Festival, Melbourne’s largest expo for Women to celebrate women, she has managed to successfully host 2 of the GO Festivals with the third one coming up next week, from a history of hosting bridal to various types of expo’s her passion and drive is demonstrated in her work. 

Susan is a huge advocate of supporting women and giving business women opportunities to take part in her festival to help them grow their businesses and brands. 

Go Festival is on Saturday 15th March 2014 to Sunday, 16th March 2014 at the Royal Exhibition Building Carlton.  Tickets can be purchased here.


Stephanie Woollard – Founder of Seven Women


Stephanie Woollard during one of her visits to Seven Women in Nepal.

Stephanie Woollard will truly blow you away with her charity work in empowering women of Nepal through her own charity Seven Women.  Her dedication and commitment has led her to build this amazing charity that helps disabled women in Nepal make a living and empower themselves through education and skill training.  All profits go back to the charity to keep it running and helping these women daily.  

If I had a choose an International Women of the Year I would choose Stephanie knowing the work she puts into this amazing charity.

I would also like to mention a few inspiring women:

Linda Reed-Enever from Media Connections who always goes that extra step to Mentor and help small businesses.

Alli Price from Motivating Mum who also takes that extra step to help mums in business.

Jane Del Rosso from My Other Kitchen another woman who doesn’t hesitate to mentor and guide you in business. 

The list can go on and on.


I am truly blessed to be surrounded by amazing women in my life and business.  I have the pleasure of working with women that are passionate, driven, strong, empowering and believe in making a difference to this world.

My own business, Markets and Community is about promoting markets, events, stallholders and online businesses and amongst these businesses are mainly women who organise and run these businesses.  Their dedication helps do a full circle in the community of helping each other and the community.  I am grateful to be able to do something I love doing and have the support of a wonderful husband and family to stand beside me and help me help the community.

Happy International Women’s Day and as a woman give yourself a cheer for everything you do and more.


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