Women

Being a woman is complex.  It is rewarding beyond words but also infuriatingly challenging.  These are my thoughts – for all women.  We are all different but also, so the same.

Being a woman is complex.  It is rewarding beyond words but also infuriatingly challenging.  These are my thoughts – for all women.  We are all different but also, so the same.

I am a woman,

I am strong, proud, determined and sometimes fragile

I am funny, smart, productive and self-doubting

I have to work twice as hard to get half as far

I will get paid less than my male colleague

I will give birth to our babies, nurture, love and protect my family – and lose my income

I will smile anyway and work hard to make it all happen for everyone who depends on me

I love and care for my friends and family

I am kind and courageous

I am loyal, faithful and protective

I am a hardworking and selfless

I am chef, nurse, cleaner, operations manager, accountant, social worker, teacher and secretary

I am mother, wife, sister, friend, grandmother, daughter, aunty, cousin, niece…

I am you………………

And when you can’t be these things, when things get hard, we will be there for each other.

Hetty Johnston AM 2017

The issues facing women are many.  In 2016 Australia’s Department Foreign Affairs and Fair Trading released ‘Gender equality and women’s empowerment strategy’.   Designed to reflect the aspirations and needs of women all over the world I couldn’t help thinking these three aspirations apply to us too:

  • Enhancing women’s voice in decision-making, leadership and peace-building
  • Promoting women’s economic empowerment
  • Ending violence against women and girls

Given the opportunity, I will be dedicated and strive to implement programs that will empower women to become the best that they can be.   Of course, most of us have amazing men in our lives, husbands, brothers, friends, fathers, sons, grandfathers, uncles nephews.   Together we will work to grow equality and mutual respect.  This can only happen in an environment free of violence and founded on loving and caring for each other.