Dubbo residents are being asked to help the state government “improve the lives of women in NSW”.
The state government has launched an online survey that asks NSW residents to both identify challenges facing women and offer solutions.
The Have Your Say survey can be found at www.women.nsw.gov.au/news/items/nsw-womens-strategy-public-consultation.
Survey feedback can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or NSW Women’s Strategy Team, Women NSW, FACS Locked Mail Bag 10, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012.
The survey is being promoted by NSW Minister for Women Tanya Davies. “We are developing the state’s first Women’s Strategy to improve the lives of women in NSW,” she said.
In the past eight weeks, workshops have been held in Sydney’s central business district, Western Sydney, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Broken Hill, Lismore, Bateman’s Bay and Tamworth.
“We have just held eight community workshops across the state, in which I heard first-hand about the issues that affect women every day,” Mrs Davies said. “We want to make sure anyone who could not attend these consultations can still have their say.”
Mrs Davies said “despite significant progress”, gender inequality continued to exist for NSW women across their public and private lives. “Discussions so far have centred on economic empowerment, health and well-being challenges, culture, identity, role models and leadership,” she said. “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.”
The survey will help establish “priority areas for action and investment” by the state government. “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. “I strongly urge men in our communities to also contribute to this important strategy.”
Results from survey will be considered during the development of the NSW Women’s Strategy, to be released later this year. The deadline for participation in the survey is July 31. For further information go to www.women.nsw.gov.au .