International Women’s Day breakfast forum

Melbourne Fashion Festival - International Women's Day breakfast forum

Earlier this month, I was invited along to the Melbourne Fashion Festival International Women’s Day breakfast forum. It had a powerful message – Empowered Women Empower Women.

Held in the events space at Melbourne Museum, I walked away feeling incredibly inspired and also very lucky to be a woman in today’s society. There are some seriously talented females in our country, kicking some serious #GirlBoss butt, and each of us are forging our own unique journey’s, including breaking down the gender stereotypes of old.


Melbourne Fashion Festival - International Women's Day



International Women’s Day in Melbourne


The breakfast was a morning presentation hosted by Yumi Stynes and featuring a panel of dynamic Australian speakers – Dr Susan Carland (Academic, Author, and social commentator), Laura Enever (World Champion Surfer and Mimco Ambassador), Michelle Huntington (Virgin Australia Pilot), and Sarah Wilson (Author and TV Presenter).

As a guest of Mimco and in conjunction with the launch of their second annual Our Watch capsule collection, it was wonderful to hear from their ambassador Laura Enever, and her praise for growing up in environment where the waves are home to all surfers (be they male or female) and how honoured she is to be the face of such a great cause.


I have been fortunate enough to enjoy great success in what has traditionally been a male dominated sport. On a societal level, sport provides role models to promote the importance of equality across all aspects of life and I hope my journey encourages more young girls out there, to get involved and be part of the change ~ Laura Enever


Empowered Women - Empower Women


The two piece Mimco x Our Watch collection have been crafted by the brand’s Melbourne-based design team and are available in all their boutiques, David Jones and Myer stores nationally and online, at

100% of all profits going towards early childhood strategies to help end violence against women and their children.



A huge thank you to the team at Mimco for inviting me along and kudos for another wonderful Our Watch collection! It’s such a wonderful cause xx








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Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.

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