16 May 2017
Despite significant progress made over the years, gender inequality continues to exist for NSW women across their public and private lives. To improve gender equity for women and girls, Minister for Women, Tanya Davies today held the first of eight state-wide consultations to identify areas for focused action and NSW Government investment.
The first session, held in Penrith today, will focus on addressing key problems, including; economic empowerment, health and wellbeing, culture and identity and leadership.
Mrs Davies said community participation is key to identify and overcome the impacts of inequities and discrimination experienced by women and girls.
“I am personally committed to hearing first-hand about the issues that affect women every day. It is essential that any strategy to tackle these problems includes the diverse experiences, perspectives, strengths and needs of women and girls from right across NSW,” Mrs Davies said.
The consultation workshops are an opportunity for any interested member of the community, local businesses, government and non-government groups to participate in the development of the first NSW Government strategy to improve outcomes for women.
Mrs Davies said gender equality is a social and economic issue that affects everyone. The NSW Government is committed to improving the lives of women in our state.
“There is still a gap between men and women’s financial status, workforce participation, caring and family responsibilities and vulnerability to violence, among other issues,” Mrs Davies said.
These community consultation workshops will also be held in Sydney CBD, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Broken Hill, Lismore, Bateman’s Bay and Tamworth.
The outcomes will be analysed in conjunction with the results from the NSW Government’s Have your Say public online consultation and the strategy is due for release later this year. To attend a workshop or for more information visit the news section at: www.women.nsw.gov.au