EVENTS TO CELEBRATE AND INSPIRE NSW WOMEN

Women young and old, students and businesswomen, from rural areas and multicultural backgrounds, are set to enjoy a diverse range of activities during the first ever NSW Women’s Week in 2019.

Minister for Women Tanya Davies today announced 36 organisations will receive a share of $100,000 to deliver NSW Women’s Week events that celebrate and inspire women and girls across the State.

“NSW Women’s Week is about improving the lives of women, celebrating their achievements and challenging outdated stereotypes about women and girls,” Mrs Davies said.

“Events include practical activities to support women to achieve their personal and professional goals, workshops on traditionally male-dominated industries, health and financial wellbeing, plus diverse education and employment opportunities.”

The Central West Leadership Academy in Dubbo is one of the organisations to receive a grant under the program to run their Girls Who Code event, a free coding workshop for girls in years 5-6 and 7-10.

Academy principal Mandi Randell said the event will encourage more girls to participate in coding, specifically targeting Aboriginal girls and women and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“We are thrilled to receive this support from the NSW Government. This funding will enable girls in our community to learn coding basics and will further promote career pathways for women in our region in coding and technology,” Ms Randell said.

Events and activities during NSW Women’s Week focus on the three priorities areas of the NSW Women’s Strategy 2018-2022: women’s economic opportunity and advancement, health and wellbeing, and participation and empowerment.

NSW Women’s Week will be held from 3 to 9 March 2019 to coincide with International Women’s Day celebrations on 8 March.