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Three local chambers of commerce join forces for International Women’s Day

They are hosting a luncheon to raise funds for the Good Shepherd Sisters, a local charity that assists women and girls in vulnerable situations.

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The Australian Chamber of Commerce in Macau, British Chamber of Commerce in Macao and Canadian Chamber of Commerce are hosting the annual International Women’s Day (IWD) charity luncheon at the St. Regis hotel on 8 March. 

A global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women,” International Women’s Day takes on a different theme each year to inspire positive action and break down barriers in achieving gender equality. This year’s theme is “Inspire Inclusion.”

Speakers at the upcoming luncheon include architect and artist Catarina Cottinelli da Costa, who has been head of delegation at the Orient Foundation in Macao since the beginning of last year. Also addressing the gathering will be Gabriella Chang, senior vice president of security at Sands China, and Helena Kok, a partner at local legal firm MDME. The talks will be followed by a Q&A session on ways to forge a more inclusive world for women. 

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According to organisers, all proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Good Shepherd Sisters, who work to assist women and girls in vulnerable situations, such as domestic violence. A similar gathering in 2022 managed to raise 130,000 patacas in aid of the charity. 

Tickets to the event cost 550 patacas and can be purchased by contacting any of the three organising chambers.

International Women’s Day was first observed by four countries in 1911 and acknowledged by the United Nations in 1975.

Correction: The edition of the Tea newsletter for 27 February gave the wrong date for the luncheon. The correct date is 8 March.

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