Womens Voices Forum

05 August 2019

Community comes together in Connolly to build a stronger WA

5 August 2019

• Women’s Voices to address barriers to women’s full participation in the community
• State-wide consultation to ensure capture of views, needs and aspirations
• The priority areas for the plan are safety and justice, economic independence, leadership, health and wellbeing.

The State government is currently developing a plan, Women’s Voices, to progress gender equality and address the barriers to female participation in Western Australia.
Emily Hamilton, Member for Joondalup, hosted a consultation in Connolly last month to hear from women and men in the Joondalup community.
Forty lively participants, of various ages and backgrounds, provided input and discussed issues in small groups.

Attendees included representatives from The Spiers Centre Incorporated, Community Vision Australia Limited, Northern Suburbs Stroke Group, Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren WA Incorporated, Share the Dignity, students from—Mater Dei College, North Metropolitan TAFE, and Edith Cowan University, as well as local sporting groups and residents.

The information from the consultation will contribute to the development of the Women’s Voices plan. This plan will provide a framework for coordinated action by government, businesses, organisations and individuals with practical steps to advance gender equality.
The consultation phase of the Women’s plan is now closed.
Further information about Women’s Voices is available at www.communities.wa.gov.au/wa-have-your-say/womens-plan/

Comments attributed to Emily Hamilton:

“There has been significant progress towards empowerment for WA women, but there is a lot more work to be done.
“It is vital that women feel safe in their communities, and are able to lead active and fulfilling lives. That’s why this plan is so important.”

Media contact: Emily Hamilton 9300 3990