GREATER Beveridge Community Centre will host its first International Women’s Day event on Thursday as part of the Beveridge Women’s Circle.

The Beveridge Women’s Circle Luncheon features the facilitator of the Drumbeat program and registered counsellor, guest speaker Sharlene Johannsen.

Ms Johannsen will share her story, ‘from living in the big city of New York to moving to Mildura’.

Drumming activities, dance performances and henna tattooing will also be part of the event.

Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Bill Chisholm said International Women’s Day was a significant celebration and delivering it to the women of Beveridge and Mitchell Shire was important in breaking down barriers.

“International Women’s Day provides an important opportunity to educate and inspire each other about gender equality,” he said.

“Celebrating International Women’s Day and delivering the Beveridge Women’s Circle is an important part of the broader work we are doing within council and alongside our communities to promote inclusion and gender equality.

“Living in Beveridge can be isolating for those who have just moved in and are trying to connect to services and their neighbours.

“Mitchell Shire has some of the highest rates of family violence in Victoria and promoting inclusion and gender equity with continuous dialogue is a step towards changing that.”

Mr Chisholm encouraged women to take part in the weekly workshops with Beveridge Women’s Circle and continue to engage with women of the shire more often than during International Women’s Day events.

“The Beveridge Women’s Circle provides free weekly workshops engaging women who are seeking to live a better life,” he said.

“It can recharge you with energy and provide an opportunity to connect with other women on the same path.

“The personal development supports you to achieve your goals while having fun.”

The luncheon, from 1pm to 3pm on Thursday, will be at Greater Beveridge Community Centre, corner of Mandalay Circuit and Lithgow Street.

Places are limited, and can be reserved by calling 5734 6395 or emailing gbcc@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au.