Monday, June 24, 2024

Diverse women in leadership program applications open

Applications have opened for two Victorian Government programs that aim to support culturally diverse women across the state into leadership roles.

Victorian Minister for Women, Natalie Hutchins, today announced that applications are now open for the Women of Colour Executive Leadership Program which is backed by an $180,000 investment to support the nation-leading program.

The Government knows that your gender should not determine your choices in life – education, career opportunities, financial security and health should all be equally accessible regardless of your gender, Minister Hutchins said.

She said women of colour face additional barriers in their careers and the Women of Colour Executive Leadership Program provides tangible support for those working in a range of sectors including not-for-profit and community sectors, corporate and the Victorian Public Service.

The 2024 program will support 16 women to navigate the unique barriers that women of colour face through workshops, mentoring and coaching.

“We’re breaking down barriers for women of all backgrounds by giving them access to tangible programs that drive real change across every sector in Victoria,” said Ms Hutchins.

“We are empowering diverse women to forge ahead in their careers. The focus of these programs is to create an equal state for women and girls regardless of their cultural background,” she said.

“Having culturally diverse leadership enables organisations to get the best outcomes. This program will unlock the potential of women across a variety of sectors to step into or continue their leadership journey,” said Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Ingrid Stitt.

To learn more about the program and apply, visit vic.gov.au/women-colour-executive-leadership-program.

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