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COUNCIL COLUMN – 15 March 2022

Mar 15, 2022

For Immediate Release 15 March 2022
Authorised by Deputy Mayor Alison Foreman   

On Tuesday 8 March I had the pleasure of attending International Women’s Day breakfast at Harden Country Club. The breakfast was attended by 62 people, male and female of all ages.

Sam Longmore was the guest speaker with a clear and poignant message, adversity is a part of life – we all need to encourage, support and build each other up, not put each other down.

Sam’s resilience, strength and never give up attitude has helped her achieve many of her goals, Sam’s story is truly inspirational.

Women are achieving great things all over the globe, yet still earn less money, experience high rates of domestic violence and have less super to retire on.

Women carry the emotions of their family and friends, I often say, if my children are happy, I’m happy, if my friends are happy, I’m happy, I wonder how many other women out there feel the same.

Like Sam, we woman are winning, the gender gap is slowly shrinking.

At the recent local government elections women now make up 39.5% of all councillors in NSW – an 8.5 % jump on the proportion of women elected 2016/17.

Australia has come a long way in promoting female sport’s and supporting various sporting codes, there is room for growth, but we are leading the way.

This year’s International Women’s Day 2022 campaign theme: #BreakTheBias asks us to –

Imagine a gender equal world –

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination

A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive

A world where difference is valued and celebrated

Together we can forge women’s equality

Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias

Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

Alison Foreman
Deputy Mayor

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