Do you know a woman who is going above and beyond to restore the gender balance in her workplace?
What about a young girl striving for equality at school?
Well now is your chance to recognise them this International Women’s Day.
The awards recognise the efforts of unsung heroines in the local region. The 2019 awards will celebrate women celebrate women who have achieved better gender balance by challenging bias and supporting women's advancement, in line with international theme of #BalanceforBetter.
Women who strive for a gender balance will be honoured at the 2019 Hastings Heroines Awards breakfast on International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8 at Panthers in Port Macquarie.
The breakfast sells out each year and has raised almost $65,000 over seven years for the local women and children’s crisis accommodation, run by Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services.
This year’s guest speaker, Lisa McAdams, will share her unique perspective on the complexities of domestic violence and the needs of businesses, drawing on her corporate background and personal experience of living in a violent marriage.
Hastings Business Women’s Network president Kelly King said government and businesses are increasingly aware of gender issues in the workplace, such as providing domestic violence leave and support.
“Gender equality is not just a woman’s issue, but must be addressed by the whole community,” Mrs King said.
“The awards recognise those women and girls who are going above and beyond in the pursuit of trying to gain gender balance.
“We’re calling on men to come along to hear the inspiring stories of women who are pushing for progress. Businesses can purchase a corporate table to learn more and show their support.”
There are two Hastings Heroine awards, the Hastings Heroine of the Year and the Young Heroine of the Year which is awarded to girls under the age of 21.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams MP, said nominations are now open for the Hastings Heroines Awards.
“If you know of a woman who has made a real difference in our local community by leading and empowering others in gender equality we encourage you to nominate her for a Hastings Heroine Award or Young Heroine Award,” Mrs Williams said.
To nominate a Hastings Heroine or to purchase tickets to the breakfast head to the Hastings Business Women’s Network website.
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