Circles of Life Queensland is a local Brisbane not for profit organisation that began as a celebration of women’s resourcefulness and achievements. The organisation brings the community together through the sharing of stories of cultural diversity, professional successes, intergenerational wisdom, personal tragedies, struggles and triumphs.

The organisation brings the stories, journeys, voices and issues of women from a multitude of backgrounds, cultures and circumstances to a central platform. Through this, the organisation aims to inspire and support women to push through adversity and hardships and come together to realise the benefits of contributing to their community.

The organisation holds an annual women’s forum, and this year the forum will be held at the Greek Club in South Brisbane on Monday 14 May. The event is open to everyone, not just women, and endeavours to change perceptions through storytelling. This year’s special guest is Hugh Mackay, a psychologist, social researcher and multi award winning author.

Other speakers include Murrawah Maroochy Johnson, a young aboriginal woman from the traditional lands of Wangan and Jagalingou people. Murrawah is a spokeswoman for her people and a leading activist for the Indigenous fight against Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. Returning speaker and host, journalist Kathleen Noonan will talk about her ‘And Another Thing’ advice. Entertainment will be provided, including a performance by Emma Dean

Local girls’ colleges are invited to assist with welcoming and ushering and to provide musical entertainment. Since their foundation, these evenings have provided a platform for women in the local community to connect in a warm environment and to celebrate individual triumphs. It fosters conversation that supports success without resentment. It also facilitates the opportunities for both charities and attendees to connect.

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