New Women’s Council kicks off business with forum


Released 13/12/2018

I am pleased to be able to extend a warm welcome to my incoming Ministerial Advisory Council on Women (MACW) members at a special forum held today.

The 2019-20 Ministerial Advisory Council on Women are:

Ms Louise Bannister, Chair
Ms Helen Roe, Co-Deputy Chair
Ms Gulnara Abbasova, Co-Deputy Chair
Dr Nicola Fraser
Prof Zsuzsoka Kecskes
Ms Helen Machalias
Ms Lauren Gale
Ms Alisa Draskovic
Ms Radhika Chaudhri
A/Prof Skye Saunders
Ms Sian Keys
Ms Elizabeth Cowan
Ms Megan Taylor
Ms Alice Zhang

I would like to congratulate the ten new members and the four existing members who have been appointed to provide advice to me as Minister for Women over the next two years.

I would also like to acknowledge the commitment and hard work from those members who leave the Council today, and to thank those who have decided to stay for another term.

37 nominations were received from across the ACT covering a range of professions, experience and diversity – and is the most number of applications that we’ve received for many years. This is a great indication that the MACW is a sought after and respected vehicle for driving positive change in our community, and one that people are keen to be part of.

Today’s forum provides an opportunity for both the outgoing Council, the incoming Council and women’s sector stakeholders to identify priorities for the development of the second action plan under the ACT Women’s Plan 2016-26.

This forum is a first step by the Council in discussing the issues, and contributing to the development of a plan for community engagement over coming months to inform the development of the second action plan. It is very important that we are engaging widely, and specifically trying hard to bring forward women’s views who don’t normally have the chance to directly contribute.

The ACT Government has made a commitment to driving real gender equality in our community and the MACW plays a very important role in making sure our energies and funding is well directed.

I look forward to working with the Council over the coming two years and working with them to develop a plan that hits the mark for Canberra women.

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