Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today called on local government and not-for-profit community organisations to get involved with NSW Women’s Week and host events.

A share of $100,000 is available across the state to hold events in the week of 2019 International Women’s Day, celebrating local women and girls.

Women’s health, social and economic empowerment are set to be key features of the events held during the inaugural NSW Women’s Week in March next year.

“Women are so vital to making the Cootamundra electorate a great place to live through their contributions to the workforce, their families, and our community,” Ms Cooke said.

“In many situations their contributions are invaluable, and without them many groups and organisations would not be able to function as well as they do.

“NSW Women’s Week will give organisations an opportunity to deliver education, mentoring, and other activities like sporting events to encourage local women and girls to fulfil their potential.”

Events must support at least one of the key priorities of the new NSW Women’s Strategy 2018-2022 by either:

  • Improving women’s financial wellbeing and security,
  • Encouraging a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, or
  • Helping women and girls build confidence and resilience and celebrating their achievements.

NSW’s first Women’s Week will take place from Monday March 3 to Saturday March 9, next year. International Women’s Day will be celebrated on March 8.

Funding is available across two categories (up to $1000 or from $1001 to $5000) to cater for small-scale or large local community events and activities.

Applications for the NSW Women’s Week Grants Program close on Monday, November 12 at 5pm. For further information, criteria or to apply, please visit www.women.nsw.gov.au.