International Women’s Day 2020 | Telethon Speech & Hearing
International Women's Day 2020

International Women’s Day

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

The world has made unprecedented advances, but no country has achieved gender equality.

The IWD 2020 campaign theme is drawn from a notion of ‘Collective Individualism’:

We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world. We can all choose to be #EachforEqual.

With a majority of our staff being female, Telethon Speech & Hearing is proud to help bring light on this important occasion and draw attention to a number of International Women’s Day MISSIONS including celebrating women’s achievements, and working to forge more positive action towards #EachforEqual and #EachforEquity.

Starting today, Telethon Speech & Hearing will highlight a number of incredible women in our organisation who bring compassion, wisdom and strength to their roles and make our centre such a delightful place for our families and children.


Janene Hall, Principal Telethon Speech Hearing

Today’s highlighted staff member is our Principal, Janene Hall:

  • About my role at TSH

Janene: I have been working at TSH since 2001. I am the Principal of our two school programs – the Talkabout and Outpost programs.  My role as Principal is to provide leadership and strategic direction in the school,  and to maintain highly effective and continually improving educational and support programs for our children and students.


  • The most common question I get asked is…

J: As a Teacher of the Deaf I was often asked if I could read Braille! As a Principal I am always amazed by the range of questions I get asked. I never quite know what will come at me next.


  • Something I’m looking forward to in 2020…

J: I am looking forward to being part of a coordinated ear health and education response to supporting aboriginal children in schools in rural areas. I remain very passionate about providing a safe and trusted space for all our children to speak, hear,  connect  and learn.


  • My favourite sound is…

J: As a lifelong lover of music I like nothing better than an evening at the Symphony or listening to a Chamber Orchestra performance.


  • My thoughts on International Women’s Day

I believe that as a community we must continue to shine a light on the issue of personal and family safety.  While there has been increased community awareness of domestic violence and its consequences,  I feel we need to continue to explore  initiatives that promote relationships based on trust and respect rather than on violence.


Continue to visit our website from March 8-13 for more amazing stories and insights from women at Telethon Speech & Hearing. Visit the International Women’s Day website for more information about how you can help forge a gender equal world. #IWD2020 #EachforEqual #EachforEquity