Grants ad­dress women’s is­sues

Kwinana Courier - - Opinion -

A PROJECT in Kwinana help­ing women achieve eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence is among 11 projects re­ceiv­ing fund­ing un­der the State Gov­ern­ment’s Grants for Women pro­gram.

More than $770,000 in grants has been awarded to com­mu­nity groups and lo­cal gov­ern­ments for projects fo­cus­ing on ad­dress­ing the unique is­sues faced by women.

The In­spire Change project re­ceived $10,000 for a se­ries of work­shops aimed at women with young or pri­mary-aged chil­dren.

Top­ics cov­ered will help build re­silience and eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence and in­clude fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy, bud­get­ing, loans and su­per­an­nu­a­tion, al­ter­na­tive eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and childcare op­tions and ac­cess.

Women’s In­ter­est Min­is­ter Si­mone McGurk said the pro­gram sup­ported projects pro­vid­ing women with path­ways to eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence, im­proved their lead­er­ship skills and sup­ported those who had ex­pe­ri­enced trauma.

‘Women con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence sig­nif­i­cant bar­ri­ers in­clud­ing the gen­der pay gap,’’ she said.

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