The ABC will mark International Day of the Girl on October 11 with events in 5 capital cities and programming on air.
ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie said “We have strong representation of women in our workforce, 52 per cent, and half of the Leadership team is female. We are committed to shaping an Australia that is equal and where girls can prosper.
“I’m looking forward to International Day of the Girl to not only celebrate the work and achievements of girls and women everywhere but also to support ongoing efforts for gender equality at every level.”
The ABC’s events on International Day of the Girl, 11 October, include:
Melbourne – Meet the Australian Women’s Soccer team, the Matildas, and the cast and crew from the Mustangs FC TV show. Hosted by Pip Rassmussen and Matilda Melissa Barbieri from ABC Me, the event includes a screening of Mustangs FC and a live performance by Australia’s 2017 Junior Eurovision contestant, Isabella Clarke. Federation Square from 5pm.
Sydney – Enjoy a morning of empowerment and entertainment featuring triple J’s Veronica Milsom, the girls from Skit Box as well as the cast and crew from The Funny One and First Day. Industry experts and content makers will lead a panel discussion around issues that affect girls today. Free tickets are available here. ABC Ultimo studio at 10.30am.
Brisbane – Enjoy a lively afternoon based around the YouTube show, Advice to My 12-Year-Old Self. There’ll be activities, guest speakers and a chance to meet the cast and crew from the short film Summers Day. Free tickets are available here. ABC Southbank Studios at 4pm.
Adelaide – In partnership with the Adelaide Film Festival, the ABC is screening The Field Guide, a film about 12-year-old girls, made by 12-year-old girls. To attend this unique screening, visit Adelaide Film Festival.
Perth – In partnership with Screen West, the ABC is screening Shame, created by an indigenous filmmaker from Perth. Meet and greet the cast and crew and enjoy activities created for girls. Contact Screen West for information.
ABC programs on the day include the world premiere of Mustangs FC, a goal-kicking comedy drama about girls who abandon the sidelines and start their football club’s first all-girls team and Girls Film Season, five films selected as part of an ABC ME and Screen Australia joint initiative.
These events and content are produced by the ABC in partnership with Screen Australia, Football Federation of Australia, Film Victoria and Federation Square.