Women MPs hear of Pathways to Politics program
Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch has gathered female members of State Parliament in a bipartisan "Welcome back to Parliament".
Guest speaker was Professor Rosalind Dixon, who is director of the Pathways to Politics Program for Women in NSW.
She spoke of how important it was for females to unite in Parliament, Ms Tesch said.
Ms Tesch said she spoke of the importance of them recognising the differences and their similarities, "including their underrepresentation".
The Pathways to Politics Program aimed to increase female representation.
Ms Tesch said women were still severely outnumbered in NSW Parliament, making up less than 32 per cent of elected representatives in NSW.
The motto for the event was "when women support women, women win", encouraging women to group together on issues that concern them.
She said that the 20 female parliamentarians attending came from the Labor Party, the Greens Party, the Liberal Party, the Shooters Fishers Farmers Party, the Animal Justice Party and the Independents.
"If you aspire to get involved in politics or become a community leader you should certainly consider applying for the program," Ms Tesch said
"Our women's gathering at NSW Parliament only emphasised just how underrepresented we are.
"We need to boost our female numbers in Parliament and that could very well start with you."
The free program will select participants based on their applications.
More information on the program is available at https://www.unsw.edu.au/law-justice/news-events/pathways-politics-program-women-nsw
Media release, 28 Feb 2022
Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford