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ECU supporting Women’s Advisory Council

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

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ECU participated in the Women’s Advisory Council Symposium 2010 held at the Burswood Convention Centre on Monday, 14 June.

The event, opened by the WA Premier, the Honourable Colin Barnett, focused on raising social awareness and identifying issues that impede women achieving financial independence and economic security.

ECU hosted the education symposium, which was organised by Head of the School of Management, Professor Rowena Barrett with the help of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement, Equity and Indigenous), Professor Brenda Cherednichenko.

The symposium analysed the role of education in liberating and empowering women, where delegates were positioned to identify solutions to promote and encourage economic independence, as well as provide suggestions for the role government could play.

Chaired by ECU Broadcasting Course Coordinator, Jo McManus, the event saw three inspirational speakers, ECU graduates Kate West and Sandra Cook, and Snr Sergeant Talie Palmer from the WA Police, speak about the value of education from their personal and organisational perspectives.

Indigenous woman Kate West, who graduated ECU in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts, spoke of the difficulties she faced as a result of both gender and race in the pursuit of her education.

“The more you learn, the more opportunities you become aware of.

“When you do not receive encouragement and a persistence to learn, you stop trying.”

Professor Cherednichenko was impressed by the stories shared by the three women.

“It was inspiring to hear how these three women have challenged the often accepted low expectations and gone on to be successful and well-rounded members of the community and their professions.”

“By continuing to pursue education, often when it seemed too hard, they have fulfilled their own dreams and unwittingly become important role models for many others,” said Professor Cherednichenko.   

“The late Edith Cowan would have been impressed with them all.”

Professor Barrett was pleased that ECU could play such an important role in setting the agenda for women in WA.

“In organising this panel ECU can lead the way in showing women the importance of education in achieving their economic goals. Our speakers, who gave up their time to participate, gave voice to important issues for the Minister to consider.”

For more information on the 2010 symposium visit the Women’s Advisory Council Symposium website.

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