March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women around the world, and to advocate for gender equality and inclusivity. The theme for International Women’s Day in 2017 is ‘Be Bold for Change’, a call for men and women around the world to take action and create change.
Adderton: house & heart of mercy’s home in the former All Hallows’ Convent has been a space for bold, dynamic women to create change for over 150 years. This is where the oldest girls’ school in Queensland was founded, based on the principle that educating women improved the common good of society. The Mater Hospital was planned, funded and run by women who lived in this house. Adderton was, and into the future will be, a place where the achievements of women are acknowledged and celebrated.
Today, the ‘works of mercy’—education, care of the sick and dying, visiting people in need, standing with people with a disability, that began on this site continue to support women and girls in Queensland through the work of the Mercy Ministries.
When it opens in 2018, Adderton: house & heart of mercy will tell the stories of the pioneering women who lived within its walls, and inspire others to advocate for a fairer and more equal world.