The Honourable Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, Government Whip in the Legislative Council and Parliamentary Secretary for Health is encouraging local communities to get involved in NSW Women’s Week and celebrate the achievements of women.

“Women deserve to be celebrated for the outstanding contributions they make across our state in social, economic, cultural and political spheres,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said that empowering women was crucial to building a safer, stronger NSW.

“There are still barriers women face, so we need to use this time to develop practical steps, foster resilience and spearhead change,” Mrs Taylor said.

“We want to empower women to make their own decisions, to move forward with confidence and know they can proactively create the future they want. Knowledge is power.”

The week starts with International Women’s Day on 8 March and the NSW Women of the Year Awards are announced on 10 March and for the first time includes two new categories.

‘The One to Watch Award’ recognises an outstanding girl aged 7 to 17, while the ‘NSW Woman of Excellence Award’ will go to a role model excelling in her field.

The NSW Government is committed to supporting women’s economic opportunity and advancement; health and wellbeing; and participation and empowerment.