Invite Her To Run
The initiative calls on the community to nominate female leaders or potential leaders who they think would make great candidates for public office as we aim to reach the voluntary target – not quota – of 50:50 gender parity by 2025.
The initiative aims to help us meet the 50:50 target set at the Party’s 2016 Conference and runs alongside the ‘Male Champions of Change’ program and a mentoring program for young women in the party
John noted that with both State and Federal elections set to take place in 2019, there is no better time to encourage women to join the Party and consider running as a Nationals candidate.
“Take a moment to think about a female leader in your community. Are they your local Mayor or CWA president? School principal? Small business owner? Or champion of a local community initiative?” John said.
“If you know a great woman who does great things in her community, we want to know about her, so please nominate her, or start a conversation with her about the possibility of becoming a candidate.
“Great political leaders are first and foremost great local people, with a strong connection to their community.
“Male or female, a good candidate for The Nationals should be a leader who is engaged and passionate about local issues facing the wider community in regional NSW,” John said.
Chair of the NSW Nationals Women’s Council Claire Taylor said that support for female candidates ran deep in the party.
“We have many excellent women at every level in the Party, who are role models for aspiring Members of Parliament, and who generously give their time to mentoring future female leaders,” Claire said.
“Our male parliamentarians are also committed to the ‘male champions of change’ model as well as guiding and supporting future female leaders.
“As Minister for Early Childhood Education and Aboriginal Affairs, Sarah Mitchell is based in Gunnedah and is raising two young girls – having recently taken maternity leave to have her second child. She is proof that with the right support, you can balance a political career and family life,” Claire said.
Nominees from the initiative will receive guidance on the party’s processes or mentoring to ensure they can further themselves in the Party.
For more information or to nominate a female leader, go to the “Invite Her To Run” website at www.nswnationals.org.au/invitehertorun