Women should ‘have belief'
MORE women need to believe in themselves and put themselves forward for public office as they continue the march towards true equality with men, Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell has said.
Speaking after a celebration of International Women's Day, Cr Dowell said women had "come a long way".
"But we still have a long way to go in gaining equal pay and more women in decision-making roles in the three tiers of government," she said.
Cr Dowell was the main speaker at a community celebration of the achievements of women, hosted by Lismore City Council and the Mirrung Ngu Wanjarri TAFE yesterday at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.
An Aboriginal Women's Art Exhibition featured at the event, with local indigenous artists proudly displaying their textiles and crafts.
Lismore City Council youth and development officer Lizette Twisleton said organisers of the Women's Day event wanted to acknowledge the work of Aboriginal women in the community with a display of arts and craft items.
"We wanted to share and showcase the beautiful work of the Aboriginal women in our community," Ms Twisleton said.
"It's a way of inviting people to share and to celebrate."
Aboriginal community member Kath Richardson said she was pleased with the event.
"It is important for women to get together, to meet each other and have conversations with each other," Ms Richardson said.
Samantha Rhodes, 18, said the day built on her knowledge and understanding of the history of women and where they have come from.