Nominations are open for the 2019 Hastings Heroines International Women's Day awards

STRONG LEADERS: The Hastings International Women's Day committee are encouraging people to nominate for the 2019 awards. PHOTO: Laura Telford.
STRONG LEADERS: The Hastings International Women's Day committee are encouraging people to nominate for the 2019 awards. PHOTO: Laura Telford.

Women who strive for better gender balance will be honoured at the 2019 Hastings Heroines Awards breakfast on International Women’s Day Friday, March 8.

The annual breakfast will feature a special guest speaker who has survived domestic violence while succeeding in her corporate career.

Tickets are now on sale for the popular breakfast at Panthers, which has raised almost $65,000 over seven years for the local women and children’s crisis accommodation, run by Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services.

Hastings Business Women’s Network President Kelly King said government and businesses are increasingly aware of gender issues in the workplace, such as providing domestic violence leave and support.

“Gender equality is not just a woman’s issue but must be addressed by the whole community,” Mrs King said.

“We’re calling on men to come along to hear the inspiring stories of women who are pushing for progress. Businesses can purchase a corporate table to learn more and show their support.”

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams MP, said nominations are now open for the Hastings Heroines Awards, which will celebrate women who have achieved better gender balance by challenging bias and supporting women’s advancement.

“If you know of a woman who has made a real difference in our local community by leading and empowering others in gender equality, we encourage you to nominate her for a Hastings Heroine Award or Young Heroine Award,” Mrs Williams said.

“The Hastings Heroine awards are about recognising those women in our community who are striving for a better gender balance in schools, workplaces or in groups they are part of.

“The Young Heroine Award is for women under the age of 21 who are doing the same thing.”

Nominations for the awards close on February 15.

This year’s guest speaker, Lisa McAdams, will share her unique perspective on the complexities of domestic violence and the needs of businesses, drawing on her corporate background and personal experience of living within a domestic violence marriage.

“I spent years working on my own recovery and learning all I could about domestic violence,” Ms McAdams said.

“This made it possible for me to develop strategies and solutions to assist organisations address company culture, the financial and human cost of domestic violence.”

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