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Western Australia Minister for Women’s Interests Robyn McSweeney

Minister announces WA theme for International Women’s Day 2010

Victor P Taffa

Western Australia Minister for Women’s Interests Robyn McSweeney today announced the theme for International Women’s Day 2010 as:

‘Women Leading and Achieving: A celebration of women’s experience, knowledge and skills’.

Mrs. McSweeney said this year’s theme presented an opportunity to explore the meaning of leadership and the issues faced by women managing multiple responsibilities of work and family.

“Women these days have increasingly complex lives with the demands of work and family and, more than ever, it is important to recognise their contributions across the board.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

“This International Women’s Day, I encourage the community to celebrate our State’s long history of producing talented and innovative individuals whose entrepreneurial spirit has led to success at both local and global levels.”

“This day also provides a unique opportunity to highlight women’s economic, political and social achievements.”

In the Legislative Council alone, the Minister said that appointments of women had risen from 29 % to 44 % from 2003 to 2007 and it was estimated 35 % of the 196,000 small businesses in Western Australia were operated by women.

In the lead up to International Women’s Day on March 8, Mrs. McSweeney will tomorrow open a forum to explore current barriers to opportunities for leadership roles in the State and strategies to overcome these.

The forum will also cover the meaning of leadership and consider additional issues faced by women, including caring for children, caring for elderly parents and access to business roles and opportunities.

“More can be done to increase women’s representation on Government boards and committees and I support this growing need in our State.” the Minister said.

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