Zonta Beaudesert aims to recognise and celebrate tomorrow's female leaders

LEADERSHIP: Yasmina Dunbar addresses the crowd on International Women's Day 2020. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

LEADERSHIP: Yasmina Dunbar addresses the crowd on International Women's Day 2020. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

THE Zonta Club of Beaudesert is encouraging young women to take part in public service and be recognised for their contribution to the community.

The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman's commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the empowerment of women.

Applicants are asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and to their community and the problems limiting the empowerment of women in their own country and worldwide.

Last year local Youth Parliament member Yasmina Dunbar received a $500 grant from Bendigo Bank as part of the awards program and spoke to Zonta members at the International Women's Day luncheon held at Beaudesert RSL Services Club.

In her acceptance speech Ms Dunbar said she had been inspired by her grandmother who told her the importance of education "because once you have it, no one can take it away".

Zonta said the International Young Women in Public Affairs Award Program looked to the young women of today to be the leaders of tomorrow and Beaudesert girls aged 16-19 on April 1 each year were eligible to apply.

Members and employees of Zonta International and their family members were ineligible to apply for the awards.

The Zonta Club of Beaudesert Area was chartered in January 1988 and currently has 19 members.

The club said it offered each member the opportunity to make a difference, develop leadership potential, network with other business and professional women, be part of an international organisation and share friendship with other women who have common goals.

Applications for the 2021 Young Women in Public Affairs Award are open until February 19 from the Zonta Club of Beaudesert by contacting Michelle Tuner at beaudesert@district22.zonta.org