Voice to ease gender gap

Stawell’s Amy Rhodes has spoken about the importance of gender equality at an International Women’s Day event.A STAWELL woman has spoke about her passion for gender equality at a Melbourne International Women’s Day event.
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Amy Rhodes spoke at a breakfast at Fitzroy Town Hall on Tuesday.

The LGProSally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund hosted the event.

Miss Rhodes said she received a scholarship from the fund in 2014, which allowed her to study youth mental health. The International Women’s Day breakfast raised money for the fund.

“They invited me and last year’s winner back to talk about what we have done with the scholarship,” Miss Rhodessaid.

“We had emcee Hilary Harper from the ABC ask us questions about what we are passionate about, and for me it is youth mental health.”

Miss Rhodes was asked what society would celebrate atInternational Women’s Day in 2066.

“Ideally, we wouldn’t have to be here to celebrate anything,” she said.

“I would hope by then we are beyond the point of having to recognise women separately because we have achieved gender parity.”

Miss Rhodes said it was a great experience to speak at the event.

“It was nice to be able to give back,” she said.

“Sally Isaac was a young women who workedin local government, shewas passionate and switched on.

“She wanted to encourage young women to join the local government industry.

“She wanted to harness the potential of young women in the sector.

“That’s the whole idea of the fund.”

Miss Rhodes is the Northern Grampians Shire marketing and communications officer.

She said International Women’s Day was a good opportunity for people to step back and think about much work we still need to do to achieve equality.“We still have such a long way to go, but it is something that needs to be done and we needto work out how we can do it,” she said.

“It’s about action.It’s not just about equality in the workplace, it needs to be with everything we do.”

Miss Rhodes said the breakfast was a good opportunity to meet other like-minded women.

She said it was also great to meet friends and family of Ms Isaac.

“A lot of people who go to this breakfast are people who were important to Sally,” she said.

“To give back to this fund and the people that helped me is arewarding experience.”

The fund awards an annual $10,000 scholarship to further the education of a young woman.

Eligible recipients have to beaged 35 or younger and makea significant contribution to the Victorian community.

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