Women in Focus Webinar Series

Webinar 1 – Supporting Young Women to Thrive

For many young women in WA, life circumstances such as poverty, trauma, lack of services or unmet needs, lead to poor social, economic and health outcomes. These outcomes can have far reaching impacts and may lead to entrenched disadvantage. The community service sector play a significant role in developing positive social determinants that enable young women and act as protective factors against the ongoing impacts of social and public health issues, such as gender-based violence, racism, discrimination, inequality, poverty and social exclusion. Importantly, these protective factors also support young women to live empowered, happy, safe, and secure lives.

This webinar provides a space to discuss how we enhance work to support and enable young women in WA, through investment in positive social determinants that support positive life outcomes.

Thanks goes to our guest speakers, representatives from Brave Foundation; Shooting Stars; and Sexual Health Quarters.

Hosted by Alison Evans, CEO of the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing.

This is the first in the Women in Focus Webinar Series, and was recorded on Thursday 21 September on Whadjuk Noongar Country.

Watch the webinar on YouTube.


Webinar 2 – Women’s Economic Security

Despite high levels of education, women in Western Australia continue to face barriers to workforce participation, a highly gendered labour market and widespread undervaluing of care work. This inequity has far reaching impacts, and can lead to entrenched disadvantaged, financial insecurity and poverty.

This webinar provides a space to discuss women’s economic security, including the economic value of feminised work, the gender wage gap, employment structures, new approaches to measuring productivity, and the disproportionate impact increased cost-of-living has on women.

Our thanks goes to guest presenters: Melinda Cilento, CEO of CEDA; Associate Professor Astghik Mavisakalyan, Associate Professor of Economics at the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre; and Professor Alison Preston, Australian Economist and Winthrop Professor of Economics at the University of Western Australia.

Hosted by Rachel Siewert, Deputy CEO at the Western Australian Council of Social Service.

This is the second webinar in a Women in Focus Webinar Series and was recorded on Wednesday 11 October 2023 on Whadjuk Noongar Country.

Watch the webinar on YouTube.

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