THE first of a series of women’s discussion forums to provide community input into the State Government Women’s Plan was held at Redcliffe Park Community Centre last night.
Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe said the plan would focus on four key priority areas health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership.
“We want to capture everyone’s suggestions and ideas and consolidate them to a report,” she said.
“The final report will be submitted as part of the process for the government’s 10 year strategy on gender equality.”
The Gender Equity Insights 2019: Breaking through the Glass Ceiling report found the highest paid 10 per cent of men has a salary difference of $162,000 compared to the highest paid 10 per cent of women.
“Sadly in WA, we have the biggest gender pay gap in the country,” Ms Rowe said.
Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk said Belmont was a good place to start the series of women’s consultation.
“Belmont’s got a lot contained within it with one of the biggest entertainment location, small businesses, restaurants and retail precincts but has schools and families,” she said.
Ms McGurk expected it would take most of this year to consolidate responses from all the community forums.
More women’s consultation will be held around Perth, with the next in Bassendean on March 11.