Celebrating Canberra women on International Women's Day

Marie-Louise Corkhill is the 2017 ACT Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and contribution to Canberra women and their families.

Executive Director of Karinya House for over twenty years, Marie-Louise has been a tireless worker in the organisation, from being its first staff member in 1997, and was instrumental in doubling the provision of services including a special Mother and Baby Unit.

Today is International Women’s Day 2017, and we celebrate the achievements of women in our community and continue to address issues to support women and girls in Canberra.

Last night’s ACT Women’s Awards also recognised the contributions of Francesca Maclean who was named ACT Young Woman of the Year and Andrea Hotchkiss who was named ACT Senior Woman of the Year.

Francesca founded the Fifty50 program aimed at helping young women develop a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Match, while Andrea has been instrumental in establishing and building women’s football in the region.

International Women’s Day is an important occasion to reflect on what has been achieved and strive towards gender equality, safety and better opportunities for women.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is to #BeBoldForChange.  

It calls on every person to take on gender inequity and discrimination through their own circles of influence and encourages the community to come together to take action, driving great change for women.

This drive for change can be demonstrated through the ACT Women’s Plan which is accompanied by three specific action plans to drive change.

The First Action Plan details the actions that all ACT Government Directorates will undertake to promote gender equity, wellbeing and physical and mental health of women and girls in our community.

The plan will involve building our understanding through research and analysis, undertaking innovative actions for change, evaluation and review.

Through the ACT Women’s Plan, the ACT Government is working with our community towards a safe and inclusive Canberra for everyone.

The First Action Plan can be found at www.women.act.gov.au