Media Release by Senator the Hon Kay Patterson

Riding the WAVE of women in education

Women’s participation in the vocational education and training sector will be addressed at a national women’s forum to be held in Canberra on 7-8 April, as part of the Howard Government’s Women’s Development Programme.

The Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues, Senator Kay Patterson, today announced $5,000 in funding to the Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) ‘Women Living and Learning: Rhetoric or Reality’ Forum.

“The WAVE Forum will provide an opportunity to raise the national profile of women in adult education and vocational training,” Senator Patterson said.

“This funding will assist with the cost of travel and accommodation for interstate guest speakers addressing the forum in Canberra.

“Under the Women’s Development Programme, funding is available for
not-for-profit and non-government organisations to represent the diverse views of women by providing the opportunity to debate issues relating to women including career, health and education.

“Since its establishment in 1987, WAVE continues to develop pathways to further study and employment opportunities for all members by playing a key role in building connections between women at local, community, state, national and international levels.

“The Howard Government is committed to promoting and celebrating the abilities and achievements of women, and this forum will contribute to the discussion about women’s role in adult education and vocational training,” Senator Patterson said.