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Influencers gather to workshop state's first Women's Strategy

18 May 2017

More than 100 community leaders and gender equality champions will gather in Sydney’s CBD today to help kick-start the beginning of the state’s first ever Women’s Strategy.

Minister for Women, Tanya Davies, will lead the consultation workshop in Surry Hills, the largest of eight being held across the state. The sessions aim to identify areas in need of focused action and Government investment, to improve the lives of women in NSW.

“Despite significant progress made over the years, gender inequality continues to exist for NSW women across their public and private lives,” Mrs Davies said.

“We need to be mindful that gender equality is not only a women’s issue, it is a social and economic issue that affects everyone.”

“Men and women need to work together to overcome the impacts of inequity and discrimination toward women and girls.”

The workshop will focus on addressing key challenges for women in Sydney and across NSW, including economic empowerment, health and wellbeing, culture, identity, and leadership.

“Experiences from a broad range of community members need to be heard so we develop a strategy that reflects the diverse experiences, perspectives, strengths and real needs of all women and girls in this state,” Mrs Davies.

How to engage men and boys with issues of gender inequality will also be a key focus of the consultations.

“As a Government, we can’t do this on our own, we need the community at large to support us in championing the cause,” Mrs Davies said.

“The Penrith community participated in the first workshop earlier this week and I am eager to hear from the rest of the state.”

The next consultations will be held in Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Broken Hill, Lismore, Batemans Bay, and Tamworth.

The outcomes of the consultations will be analysed in conjunction with results from the NSW Government’s Have Your Say public online consultation. The NSW Women’s Strategy will be released later this year.

For more information, visit www.women.nsw.gov.au