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SBW Byron Chapter-Monthly Hub: LET’S TALK Women In Politics.

By Oct 06,2021 August 12th, 2021 No Comments

SBW in Collaboration with The Community Hub and Byron Community Centre
A Conversation about the Journey Of Women In Politics:
Past, Present and Future.

  • Only 36% of Australian members of parliament are women, despite women making up 51% of the population. ( Nov. 2020)
  • Worldwide the average is closer to 21%.
  • Australia is ranked 48th in the world for parliamentary gender diversity.

Why are Australian women still largely under-represented in politics?

LET’S TALK Women In Politics.

A Conversation about the journey of women in politics- past, present and future.

Our SBW October Byron Hub is a collaboration with The Community Hub and Byron Community Centre. We hope you can join us for this very special evening of networking, collaboration and inspiration.

This event will ignite debate and discussion why Australian women are still largely under-represented in politics by bringing together local and national female politicians to share their stories, insights, experience, and perspectives.

Audience members are invited to participate in the concluding Q&A session.

LET’S TALK Women in Politics will feature:

MC Mandy Nolan, comedian, speaker, author, journalist and committed feminist – just to name a few of the amazing capabilities of this true renaissance woman. As the Greens’ candidate for the federal seat of Richmond, Mandy is on her own Political Journey. With her ability to find humour in the obstacles and challenges that women face in politics, Mandy will bring the laughter so often missing in the political landscape.

Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina in the Legislative Assembly of the NSW Parliament. In March 2015, Tamara became the first woman to hold the seat of Ballina and the first Greens MP in a regional seat in any Parliament of Australia. Tamara is in her second term and was re-elected in March 2019.

Catherine Cusack elected to the NSW Legislative Council (Upper House) in 2003 and re-elected in 2011, representing the Liberal Party. Her background as a professional writer includes columnist and consultant for the Sunday Telegraph. Among many other positions, she is former Chair of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (Australia Region), and a Director of the Virginia Chadwick Memorial Foundation (supporting the Great Barrier Reef).

Jenny Dowell served 12.5 years on Lismore City Council, representing the Labour Party with eight of those as the popular former mayor (2008-2016). She is renowned for her work locally with the arts and helping her community in various volunteer roles. Jenny is now an actor, book reviewer, mayoral mentor and on multiple formative committees.

Wednesday 6th October:

Byron Theatre- 69 Johnson Street.

The October SBW Women’s Hub will be held prior to the LET’S TALK Women In Politics session

Join us upstairs on the Byron Community Theatre Verandah to connect with like-minded business women and female leaders of the local region.

Tickets $20 5:30-6:45pm

Nibbles provided. Drinks available from the Verandah Bar.

LET’S TALK Event 7-9pm. $20/$15 concessions.

Tickets for both events can be purchased together.

About SBW  Byron Hubs:

SBW Byron Hubs occur the first Wednesday of every month.  It’s an opportunity to come together as women in business in the Byron Shire and beyond to learn, network, collaborate and be inspired.

Women in Executive Government Positions

  • Women serve as Heads of State or Government in only 22 countries, and 119 countries have never had a woman leader[1]. At the current rate, gender equality in the highest positions of power will not be reached for another 130 years [2].
  • Just 10 countries have a woman Head of State, and 13 countries have a woman Head of Government[3].
  • Only 21 per cent of government ministers were women, with only 14 countries having achieved 50 per cent or more women in cabinets[4]. With an annual increase of just 0.52 percentage points, gender parity in ministerial positions will not be achieved before 2077 [5].
  • The five most commonly held portfolios by women ministers are: Family/children/youth/elderly/disabled; followed by Social affairs; Environment/natural resources/energy; Employment/labour/vocational training, and Women affairs/gender equality[6].


Please note: You may be photographed or filmed for marketing purposes while attending this event. Please advise the organiser if you have questions, concerns, or do not wish this to happen. As an attendee you will be added to the SBP mailing list for event correspondence, follow up and upcoming event information.  The option to unsubscribe is available at any time.