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. That’s why the government is working on the state’s first Women’s Strategy to tackle these issues.

The Strategy will focus on addressing key challenges in the local community, including; economic empowerment, health and wellbeing, culture and identity and leadership.

The Strategy is an important initiative, that will improve equality and equity for women and girls across NSW.  And community participation is key to developing an effective strategy. We need as many people from the Heathcote Electorate involved as possible in order to work to identify and overcome the impacts of inequity and discrimination on women and girls.

Minister for Women, Tanya Davies, said eight community workshops had just been held across the state. “I heard first-hand about the issues that affect women every day. We want to make sure anyone who could not attend these consultations can still have their say,” Mrs Davies said.

The NSW Government is seeking feedback from individuals and organisations to identify priority areas for action and investment. “We need to be mindful that gender equality is not only a women’s issue; it is a social and economic issue that affects everyone,” Mrs Davies said.

Results from the survey will be considered during the development of the NSW Women’s Strategy, to be released later this year.

I strongly urge men in the electorate to also contribute to this important strategy.

To ‘Have Your Say’ please visit: www.women.nsw.gov.au/news/items/nsw-womens-strategy-public-consultation. Feedback is being sought by Monday July 31 and can be given online, via email or post.

For further information go to www.women.nsw.gov.au .