Don’t leave anyone behind
KAREN Roberts never “lifts the ladder up” behind herself and wants other women to do the same to support the “sisterhood” and achieve equality.
As human resources director of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Ms Roberts said to achieve progress, women must work together, rather than leave others behind.
“We have a personal responsibility to pay it forward and bring others along for the ride; don’t lift the ladder up behind us,” she said.
“Commit to each other and the sisterhood to make for a fairer, more equal society.”
The 52-year-old Doubleview resident has worked in male-dominated organisations, including the WA Police, for the past 15 years.
As a career public servant, Ms Roberts first broke into the uniformed workforce by joining the Army Reserves. She was there for 13 years and said the experience was an “incredibly important character shaping activity”.
Ms Roberts also spent one year working in Papa New Guinea, where there was “so much sorrow”, and women and children were were disadvantaged and marginalised, with “unspeakable” family violence.
Her latest volunteer role is as a board member for angelhands, working to provide services for long-term recovery from trauma as a consequence of extreme violence.
Her latest project is establishing DFES as a White Ribbon accredited organisation.
She said with DFES being a maledominated workforce, it was the perfect forum to have discussions about violence against women.
Karen Roberts, who works at DFES State Operations Centre, says women should support each other.