Minister for Women Tanya Davies to host gender equity talks in Tamworth in July 2017

NSW Minister for Women Tanya Davies.

NSW Minister for Women Tanya Davies.

TAMWORTH people could help develop the first NSW government strategy to improve the lives of women and girls, when the NSW Minister for Women visits on July 3.

Tanya Davies will hold consultations to identify issues that need action and government investment to improve gender equity.

The city is one of just eight NSW sites Mrs Davies will visit, and a spokeswoman said it was hoped “frank and fearless discussion” would take place.

Details on the meeting and how to register will be available closer to the date.

Consultations started rolling out this week in Penrith, the Sydney CBD, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Broken Hill, Lismore and Batemans Bay.

They will focus on issues such as economic empowerment, health and wellbeing, culture and identity, and leadership.

Mrs Davies said that, despite significant progress made over the years, NSW women still felt gender inequality in their public and private lives. 

“There is still a gap between men and women’s financial status, workforce participation, caring and family responsibilities, and vulnerability to violence, among other issues,” she said.

Mrs Davies said community participation was key to identifying and overcoming the impacts of inequities and discrimination.

“I am personally committed to hearing first-hand about the issues that affect women every day,” she said.

“It is essential that any strategy to tackle these problems includes the diverse experiences, perspectives, strengths and needs of women and girls from right across NSW.”

The workshops are open to individuals, local businesses, government and non-government groups.