Local Government and not-for-profit community organisations can apply for a share of $100,000 to hold International Women’s Day events next year thanks to the Nationals in Government.

NSW Nationals Member for Murray Austin Evans called on communities across the State to celebrate local women and girls during the inaugural NSW Women’s Week next March, which will focus on women’s health, social and economic empowerment.

“Women are so vital to making Murray a great place to live through their contributions to the workforce, their families, and our community,” Mr Evans said. “NSW Women’s Week will give local 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.

The first NSW Women’s Week will take place from March 3-9 next year. International Women’s Day will be celebrated on March 8.

Minister for Women Tanya Davies said NSW Women’s Week events should be about mentoring and supporting and could range from a career day, an activity that promotes wellness, sporting events or even networking opportunities.

“While progress is being made toward gender equity for women in their personal and public lives, there is still more work to do, and the NSW Government is proud to deliver the State’s first Women’s Week,” Mrs Davies said.

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.