Gladys Berejiklian. Premier of NSW Dr Louise Baker, Steph Cook Mp Tanya Davies. Minister for Mental Health Minister for Women Minister for Ageing Women of the Year Awards © Salty Dingo 2019

The Member for Cootamundra has called on the community to nominate inspiring local women for the 2021 NSW Women of the Year Awards.

The awards, which were launched by Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor also include two new categories, One to Watch and NSW Woman of Excellence, which respectively recognise young rising stars and women who are exceptional role models.

Steph Cooke MP said the awards celebrate women from all walks of life.

“Our communities are full of women and young people who constantly go above and beyond for others, this is the chance to celebrate them,” Ms Cooke said.

“If you know someone who should be recognised, I urge you to nominate them.”

Mrs Taylor said the new ‘One to Watch’ honour had been created to recognise the rising stars of New South Wales.

“This category is about celebrating a group of girls from seven to seventeen who are emerging as future leaders through their acts of kindness, strength and determination,” she said.

Mrs Taylor said the annual awards play an important role in recognising inspirational women from diverse backgrounds across the state.

“This is a fantastic way of highlighting the achievements of these empowered women and encouraging them to continue to be role models in the eyes of their peers.”

The 2021 award categories are: The Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year, NSW Woman of Excellence, NSW Community Hero, NSW Young Woman of the Year, NSW Regional Woman of the Year, NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year, NSW One to Watch Award.

The awards, which are in their 10th year, are an initiative of the NSW Women’s Strategy 2018–2022, which provides a comprehensive and targeted approach to promoting gender equality.  Winners will be announced at the ceremony at the International Convention Centre Sydney on 10 March 2021.

For more information, visit: www.women.nsw.gov.au.