Wangaratta Chronicle

Graduates’ confidence lifted by special course

- By KYLIE WILSON

THERE were tears, hugs and smiles all round last Friday when a diverse group of 13 women from rural communitie­s across the North East graduated from the Enabling Women program.

The program was held over five days between April and May as a partnershi­p between Women’s Health Goulburn North East and Women with Disabiliti­es Victoria and paired regional women with disabiliti­es in their leadership journey with a range of experience­d mentors.

The graduation at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre was a celebratio­n for participan­ts such as Wangaratta’s Prudence Burgess.

Ms Burgess said the course helped give her more confidence to speak out for and advocate for equal rights and access for all people, particular­ly people living with a disability. PROUD: Prudence Burgess was one of the graduates from the North East Victorian Enabling Women program. PHOTO: Kylie Wilson

“We have the same rights as everybody else,” she said.

Women’s Health Goulburn North East health promotion worker Bernadette Fraser said that “I think it was inspiratio­nal to hear from such strong women and see their confidence and skills”.

“In many, many ways, we’ve all gained so much.”

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