Be Bold for Change was the theme today in Gilmore with the Federal Member Ann Sudmalis celebrating International Women’s Day with members of the community.
The day consisted of morning tea and a chance to listen to the stories of women who have worked in industries predominantly dominated by men.
Today is about forging a better working world Ms Sudmalis said, a more gender inclusive society.
“It was a wonderful morning listening to the stories and experiences of our female workforce and volunteers,” she said.
“These women are perfect ambassadors for change and role models for the younger generation of women.”
Congratulating the Member for Gilmore was Department of Corrective Service Regional Support Manager South for Offender Services and Programs, Jean Dally who said today’s morning tea was fantastic, and the Member for Gilmore was very supportive.
“Listening to all the different stories and where they (women) have come from helps build resilience,” she said.
“I’ve always worked in a male dominated environment, I was in the Army for 24 years and ended up as a Warrant Officer, and then moved into Corrective Services.
“We need to encourage young women to take those extra risks and to move themselves, young women need to look early in their careers as to where they need to be in 10, 15, 20 years’ time and look at different career options,” Ms Dally said.
With today marking International Women’s Day, Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis also welcomed the announced expansion of a successful employment partnership between the Turnbull Government and UnitingCare Australia into NSW.
“The Government is proud to have developed an effective partnership with UnitingCare to deliver meaningful pre-employment training for women looking to engage in the workforce,” Ms Sudmalis said.
Over the past year, 31 women have participated in three pilot projects in Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland with each pilot project achieving close to a 100 per cent completion rate.
Due to the success of this partnership, the Government has committed $10 million over the next three years to the new ‘Launch into Work’ program, which will commence later this year.
“The new $10 million ‘Launch into Work’ program is designed to create new partnerships with not-for-profits and businesses which are ready to invest in Australian women.
“The step now is to connect service providers in Gilmore that require funding with UnitingCare, forge the partnership and assist those who want help.
“Empowering women keeps our community here in Gilmore strong, and helps grow our local economy,” Ms Sudmalis said. Media Release
Int. Womens Day - Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis and members of the Community