I came up with the idea to locate local women who have in the past and are still - contributing to the Noosa community in every area, from sport, the arts, food, the community and government and enjoy a conversation with them about their lives, find out who were their role models if any, and to understand what drives these women to do so much with so little. Every single woman was an inspiration and I came away from each conversation with excitement and I hope the listeners may also hear what I heard and celebrate these women for being who they are. The overriding feelings that I garnered from them all was - just do it!! ( yes Nike got it right) Find out what it is you love and do it with that love and you will lead happy lives and leave behind you a legacy that others will want to emulate.
I thank these women for sharing their stories , and their time and their lives to make ours richer.'
- Jo Falla.
which include the WINDO to Women series.
To coincide with Queensland Women’s Week and International Women’s Day, Women Initiating New Directions Organisation (WINDO Inc.) has launched Noosa and the Sunshine Coast’s official International Women’s Week Festival from 5 to 11 March 2018, which will celebrate, explore and advance the diversity, contribution and changing landscape of women in our community.
The festival, which is supported by Queensland Government, YWCA, Noosa Council and Creative Alliance Sunshine Coast, is a major collaboration between local not-for-profit group WINDO Inc. and regional community and business organisations, leaders, schools, educators and artists plus high-profile and progressive interstate speakers.
The WINDO International Women’s Week festival aims to contribute to positive social and cultural change for the empowerment of women in the Noosa and Sunshine Coast region, which is home to around 300,000 women and girls.
The festival supports the global International Women’s Day campaign and its 2018 theme, #pressforchange.
Women Initiating New Directions Organisation (WINDO) Inc. is the Noosa Shire and Sunshine Coast's organising body and hub of collaboration for innovative women's events and International Women's Week each year.
Inaugurated in 2017, WINDO is a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to honour, celebrate and advance women's talents, innovations and endeavours across all facets of life.
It was founded by Jeanette Dal Santo of Cooran, whose background includes major community health, development and arts programs around Australia.
WINDO passionately holds a vision that the region will become an international example of a thriving and collaborative society and culture, inclusive and supportive of women of all ages and walks of life.