Soroptimist International Joondalup and ECU Joondalup host public speaking competition heat

Soroptimist International Joondalup member Jeanette Brown, Fremantle member Annie Carswell, Joondalup member Claire Parry and Fremantle's Beatrice Hitt.
Soroptimist International Joondalup member Jeanette Brown, Fremantle member Annie Carswell, Joondalup member Claire Parry and Fremantle's Beatrice Hitt.

WOMEN developed their public speaking skills and discussed issues they were passionate about at ECU Joondalup.

Soroptimist International Joondalup, which aims to give women a platform for advocacy, and ECU’s School of Business and Law hosted round one of a public speaking competition on March 20 in the university’s Moot Court.

The event was the first of five being held at universities around Perth, with the grand final on March 24.

Speakers were asked to present a five-minute speech on a topic related to the empowerment and enablement of women for a prize of $250.

The topics to choose from where the roles females can play in changing society, how high a woman or girl can fly, how women can encourage peace in our time and if females valued in our world.

Rikki Archibald was named the round one winner, with the grand final winner to be invited to attend the Soroptimist International Conference of Clubs in Melbourne in May.

Soroptimist International Joondalup president Gwen Browning and winner Rikki Archibald.

Coordinator Susan Cromb said as well as developing skills, the competition also provided an opportunity for students to “learn about soroptimism and the projects that are happening at each club”.