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April 16, 2018

Greater Shepparton Women Charter Alliance advisory committee charter champion Cr Seema Abdullah.

You could have the chance to influence issues affecting women locally with nominations for the women’s charter alliance now open.

The Greater Shepparton Womens Charter Alliance Advisory Committee consists of community members and some representatives from Greater Shepparton City Council including a Councillor Seema Abdullah as the Charter Champion.

‘‘The committee is committed and passionate about making a difference for women. Being a part of the committee is rewarding and can help individuals gain skills while making a difference,’’ Cr Abdullah said.

Last month deputy mayor Cr Abdullah said there were many barriers still facing women, but the region was a good place to support and encourage women.

‘‘I would say there’s always an opportunity to do things better, and while we are on the right track, we can do many more things,’’ she said on International Women’s Day on March 8.

‘‘I believe it’s important to engage with the community to give women the confidence that anything is possible, be positive about opportunities and look at the brighter side of the story.’’

Members of the charter alliance’s volunteer committee will get the opportunity to provide a strategic advice to Council, aiming to promote women in leadership and decision making.

A three point action plan focussing on gender equity, diversity and active citizenship guides the strategic objectives of the committee.

This year the committee marked International Womens Day with a panel talk and supported the Julia Gillard luncheon.

They have also awarded recognition to a member of the community or organisation via the annual GSWCAAC Womens Award, provided a scholarship for Kaiela Arts, held a youth public speaking event and delivered training.

Cr Abdullah encouraged members of the community to apply.

‘‘One of the key principles of the committee is diversity, so the committee aims to have membership that reflects the diverse community of Greater Shepparton.

‘‘It is important that the voices of women as well as men are heard regarding the opportunities and issues affecting women in Greater Shepparton.’’

Application forms are available online at www.greatershepparton.com.au by emailing [email protected] or in person at Greater Shepparton City Council, 90 Welsford St, Shepparton.

Applications will be received until 5pm on Monday, May 14; late applications will not be considered.

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