Emotional speeches at Blacktown Hospital’s vibrant International Women’s Day celebrations

International Women’s Day events across Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) have kicked off with a powerful speech about economic empowerment at Blacktown Hospital on Wednesday morning.

A crowd of 80 staff joined together for a breakfast celebration to hear from keynote speakers Shilpy Gurpreet Kaur and Roop Goraya before engaging with stalls staffed by representatives from Aware Super and Health Professionals Bank.

With the United Nation’s theme Inspire inclusion with a focus on economic empowerment, this practical one-on-one information session for women in attendance was particularly apt, with themes of financial literacy and empowerment running over the course of the event.

“I would like to express my gratitude to all of the really strong women in the room today. Over the span of my career, I have been so fortunate to work with many inspirational women who work hard to inspire the way we think in healthcare, and more importantly, navigate the world in which we live,” Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospital (BMDH) General Manager Brad Ceely said in his opening address.

Shilpy Kaur, BMDH Director of Nursing & Midwifery Executive Assistant, shared her touching journey towards social, emotional, and economic empowerment after overcoming a plethora of hardships, including an abusive relationship.

“Today, I am a financially independent woman. Over time, I empowered myself economically. I saved my money, I learned how to manage my finances, I have total control of my income and expenditure today,” Shilpy said.

“My experience has taught me the importance of economic independence among us women. As women, we must be financially empowered to have the right to control our lives, to have the right to make decisions and impact our way of living.

“For me, being financially independent is more than just having a job or earning a salary. It’s about the freedom to pursue my passions, make my own choices, and pave my own path.

“I want every single women out there to feel the thrill of financial freedom.”