30 October 2017
The ACT Government and YWCA Canberra are today co-hosting The Case for Change, a gender equity forum at the ACT Legislative Assembly, Reception Room involving leaders from government, business, and non-government organisations.
The forum, whilst seeking to motivate ACT Government officials and our community leaders to champion a culture of gender equity within government, will also highlight best practice tools and policies to progress gender equity more broadly across the ACT community. Everyone has a role to play to drive real and lasting change.
The event will hear from experts including:
Following on from the launch of the ACT Women’s Plan 2016-2026, and the first Action Plan in March this year, I am looking forward to helping to build more momentum so that other leaders and key players in our community will want to become champions for gender equity too.
We can all make changes in our professional and personal lives to progress gender equity in a range of ways, all of which make a positive impact on both women and men, resulting in positive economic and social outcomes.
The ideas that will be shared and generated at today’s forum will be key to driving important change for our whole community and progressing the next phase of our important work for gender equity.
This is the first in a series of bi-annual forums to be co-hosted by the community sector and ACT Government, with the next forum expected to be held in early 2018.
Government has already achieved a great deal but there is much more to do. Our recent achievements include:
Quotes attributed to Frances Crimmins, Executive Director of YWCA Canberra
“I’m honoured to emcee this event, and to share YWCA Canberra’s insights as an organisation that has worked with women and their families in the ACT since 1929.”
“The ACT is primed to be the leading Australian jurisdiction on gender equity. We have gender parity in the Legislative Assembly for the first time, and a vision for Canberra to be Australia’s most inclusive city.
“This forum provides an opportunity for the leaders of this city to take stock of where we’re at, what works, and how we can make improvements on our work to date.”
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Brenton Sloane 0431252698 (ACT Goverment)
Joanna Le 0402 265 145 (YWCA Canberra)
Download: Media release – Forum to generate new momentum on gender equity for the ACT