New England NW NSW Business Chamber praised for its women's strategy

The NSW Government has been applauded by the New England North West NSW Business Chamber for its public consultation in developing the NSW Women’s Strategy, a whole-of-government, whole-of-community policy framework to improve gender equality and gender equity in NSW.

With there still being a gap between men and women’s financial status, workforce participation, caring and family responsibilities and vulnerability to violence, amongst many other issues, the NSW Women’s Strategy will focus on addressing key challenges in the local community, including; economic empowerment, health and wellbeing, culture, identity and leadership.

“During International Women’s Day, NSW Business Chamber took a stance in gender equality demonstrating our snapshot of 64% Female Employees, and 43% Women Executive Managers” said Joe Townsend, New England North West Regional Manager.

Minister for Women, Tanya Davies, said eight community workshops had just been held across the state.

“I heard first-hand about the issues that affect women every day. We want to make sure anyone who could not attend these consultations can still have their say,” Mrs Davies said.

Businesses across NSW are encouraged to help promote this to their staff, as 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.

“As of December 2016, 77.4% of NSW-based ASX 500 companies had women on their boards. In terms of unique individuals, there were 200 women holding 259 directorships, making up 19.5% of directors” said Joe Townsend.

The NSW Government is seeking feedback from individuals and organisation to identify priority areas for action and investment.