Dr Ruth headline speaker for UIA Victorian and WA Women’s Division campaigns

April 19, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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UIA Women’s Division Victoria and WA have announced their 2021 Campaign event on Sunday 2 May featuring guest speaker Dr Ruth Westheimer (‘Dr. Ruth’), with the discussion to be moderated by media legend Jackie Frank.

Jackie Frank

Guests have the option of attending the event in person at a venue with morning tea provided, or from the comfort of their home via Zoom. Despite steering away from the traditional brunch-style event, this innovative hybrid format allows guests to participate based on their comfort level while enjoying the insightfulness of Dr Ruth streamed live from New York, all in support for the People of Israel.

As a fascinating and personable woman at the young age of 93, Dr Ruth will share her life experience as a Holocaust child Survivor, time in Israel as a former sniper in the Haganah and rise to fame as a renowned sex therapist. Humour and charm have long been Dr Ruth’s reflex for diffusing anxiety and shame, and she offers useful insights into how she lives with the trauma of her childhood, perpetuating positivity to lift people’s spirits.

The discussion with Dr Ruth will be moderated by one of Australia’s most experienced media executives, Jackie Frank, who was the inaugural editor of the Australian Marie Claire Magazine and founder of the Be Frank Group. A renowned brand strategist and visionary thinker, she has worked with many of the world’s biggest brands to connect their messages with female audiences.

In 2021, UIA VIC Women’s Division will focus its support on the Professions for Life program, which assists new immigrants to fast track their professional licenses, providing them with a long-term solution to achieve independence, employability and upward socioeconomic mobility in Israel.

Dr Ruth

UIA VIC Women’s Division Co-chairs Amanda Jolson and Elissa Sharp said: “We are delighted to offer the community the opportunity to attend our annual Women’s Division opening event in person or enjoy individually from their homes. We are excited to be uniting with women across Australia and Israel for this innovative and interesting event, whilst simultaneously raising much-needed funds for the Professions for Life program. This past year has highlighted the need for job security within the skilled migrant population, and we are thrilled to continue to support so many women and families to do so through this innovative program. Our organisation is best positioned to address this national priority and as Women’s Division, we are proud to empower the People of Israel through this project.”

Funds raised by UIA WA Women’s Division will be directed to a new initiative – First Line Families. UIA Australia and WA Women’s Division President Debbie Schaffer said: “Here in Perth, we have been fortunate during this past year and appreciate how lucky we are. We have looked on in dismay at the terrible physical, emotional and financial effects of COVID-19 in Israel. The women of Perth have always been staunch supporters and we hope they will rally behind our new project focus. This will provide youth-at-risk and their families in Keren Hayesod-UIA supported youth villages with significant help to navigate through the hardships that the pandemic has caused. We look forward to welcoming all of our committed Women’s Division supporters to join our upcoming event.”

For more information or to book for the Women’s Division Event on Sunday 2 May, contact:

UIA VIC: (03) 9272 5533, info@uiavic.org or events.uiavic.org/2021WD
UIA WA: (08) 9275 1186,
info@uiawa.org.au or http://bit.ly/UIAWAWD

Follow UIA on Facebook and Instagram (@uiaaus) for updates on our 2021 Campaign


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