Opportunity • Safety • Justice • Achievement • Community
May Day is a celebration and this forum celebrated rural women. Mayday is also an emergency call and the forum highlighted issues and concerns of women relating to safety, justice and opportunity. The Hon. Russell Broadbent MP accepted our invitation to attend and listen. He agreed to take our key messages back to his colleagues in Canberra.
We acknowledge we gathered on Gunaikurnai land and paid our respects to elders past and present.
3 minute speeches included:
Jen Young - educational leader, business owner, mother of 2
Kate Bland - dairy farmer, mother, wife
Anna Hopkins - community leader, mechanic, CFA member
Jo MacKenzie - mother of 4, retired ABC & SBS TV journalist
Jo Wainer - co-founder Prom Area Climate Action (ACF) & Watch for Wildlife, CFA member, fmr academic
Heather Scott - CWA General Board member and Creative Arts Committee Chairperson
Meg Smallwood - child protection solicitor, mother, Sth Gippsland woman
Alison Wilde - General Practitioner in Foster
Sue-Ann Harmer - affordable housing advocate
Louisa Vale - adult educator
Farhat Firdous - social inclusion advocate