Shire recognises International Women’s Day 2018

Girl power: Female staff at Shire of Mundaring celebrate International Women's Day.

SHIRE of Mundaring will celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) by continuing to encourage a workplace culture that will think, act and be more gender inclusive.

More than half the staff employed by the Shire are female with a third of the Shire's leadership positions held by female staff members. (Of the 317 employees, 188 are female). This closely aligns with this year's IWD theme, #PressforProgress.

The annual global event, held on 8 March, celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Director Strategic and Community Services Megan Griffiths said the female workplace participation rate at the Shire of Mundaring is above the public sector average.

"We support and encourage the professional development of all employees by offering them a wide range of contemporary training opportunities," she said.

"Also, we are a family-friendly workplace which we believe is imperative to attracting and retaining good staff, regardless of their gender."

Shire Deputy President, Lynn Fisher, said the Shire also has many women residents making valuable contributions to the local community and that this achievement is long-standing.

"The Shire's library at the Boya Community Centre is named in honour of the late esteemed Greenmount resident Katharine Susannah Prichard. She was the dominant literary figure in Western Australia during the 1920s and 1930s and her achievements stretched into the 1960s. She was also a significant political figure campaigning for social justice."

IWD has been recognised since the early 1900s, which was a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

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