Thursday, 08 March 2012
Professor Rowena Barrett, Head of ECU’s School of Management, has been appointed by the Western Australian Parliament to the Women’s Advisory Council (WAC).
The WAC is a government advisory body that provides advice to the Minister for Women’s Interests on matters important to the women of Western Australia. To provide such advice, the Council consults with women’s organisations and individuals, assesses government policies and programs relevant to women, and monitors the impact that government policies and programs have on women once implemented.
Appointments are based on an application process, in which candidates must demonstrate extensive knowledge and experience in matters related to women. Once selected, candidates are appointed for a period of two years.
Professor Barrett is looking forward to offering her perspective and expertise to the Council.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Minister to further develop the quality, breadth and capacity of programs that support women in WA. As an active researcher in the areas of business and management, I have a keen interest in work and employment issues, particularly as they pertain to women,” she said.
The Council will also benefit from Professor Barrett’s background as an educator, and her significant understanding of the importance of education for women.
“My experience in the education sector has repeatedly shown me that women can achieve much when they are given the opportunity to succeed. Education is the key to women’s advancement. It encourages women to think broadly about the roles they can play. Education gives people choices, and this is crucial for the long term economic security of women.”