Ministerial Advisory Council on Women named

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JOY Burch has announced the appointment of fourteen Canberra women to the new 2014-16 Ministerial Advisory Council on Women.

“The Council plays a key role in assisting the Government to develop and implement policies that are relevant and supportive of women in the territory,” Joy said.

“Members of the Council were selected for their expertise and experience, and represent varied age groups, diverse backgrounds and a wide range of community and occupational expertise.

  • Ms Carol Benda
    Ms Benda has a range of expertise in the legal profession, including as the previous coordinator of the Women’s Legal Centre. This is Ms Benda’s second term on the Council.

  • Ms Frances Crimmins
    Ms Crimmins was appointed Executive Director, YWCA of Canberra in July 2013 after joining the organisation in 2010. Ms Crimmins has supported the YWCA of Canberra through a significant change management process in integrated services delivery, corporate service review and evaluation framework of measuring social impact of the programs of the YWCA of Canberra.

  • Ms Kathy McFie
    Ms McFie is an active Women And Prisons member. Ms McFie has been actively involved in improving conditions for women in and exiting the Alexander Maconochie Centre. Ms McFie has a wealth of hands-on knowledge concerning issues of low-income and socially isolated women in the ACT.

  • Ms Sheryle Moon
    Ms Moon is currently the Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). NAWIC is the nation’s peak association for women in the building and construction industry. Ms Moon has a variety of experience across the public, private and not for profit sectors. She has served on a variety of Boards in the government and private sectors. She has a wealth of understanding in how organisations can be run efficiently and effectively.

  • Dr Elizabeth Beckman
    Dr Beckman has a strong background in academia and an understanding of gendered issues. Dr Beckman is active in improving the status of women and will represent the Australian National University Gender Institute on the Council. Dr Beckman is a culturally and linguistically diverse woman and represents the 55-64 year age group.

  • Ms Julie Blackburn
    Ms Blackburn has a diverse range of experiences and networks in both the defence force and health areas.

  • Ms Angela Carnovale
    Ms Carnovale has links and networks with a broad range of women and girls in the community and an in-depth understanding of the issues that affect women in the ACT. Ms Carnovale will represent the Women’s Centre for Health Matters on the Council.

  • Ms Sianne Connors
    Ms Connors has a strong background in working with vulnerable families and in particular children. Ms Connor’s knowledge and experience will provide the Council with the opportunity to further explore the issues affecting girls in the ACT.

  • Ms Jayanti Gupta
    Ms Gupta has exceptional experience in supporting women’s equality across diverse groups. Ms Gupta is a culturally and linguistically diverse woman with strong multicultural networks. Ms Gupta will represent women from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background on the Council.

  • Ms Donella C. Johnston
    Ms Johnston has a wealth of experience and involvement in addressing gendered issues in the Catholic Education System. Ms Johnston is a culturally and linguistically diverse woman.

  • Ms Eleanor Kerdo
    Ms Kerdo represents young women under the age of 25 and Women with Disabilities ACT. Ms Kerdo has a strong understanding of issues that affect women and girls with disabilities in the ACT and has the support of the previous Women with a Disability ACT representative.

  • Ms Angela Lauman
    Ms Lauman will represent Women’s Legal Centre ACT and Region on the Council. Ms Lauman has demonstrated experience and ability to consult with women and girls in the ACT.

  • Ms Rachelle Towart
    Ms Towart is an Aboriginal woman with exceptional experience and skills of relevance to the Council. Ms Towart has demonstrated ability to develop good relationships with corporations, non-government organisations and government departments to improve the status of women and girls in the ACT.

  • Ms Penny Rumble
    Ms Rumble studied a Bachelor of Arts/Law at the Australian National University. She now works at the Women’s Legal Centre. She is very passionate about the issues that her generation faces, particularly in the area of employment and discrimination law.


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