Logan young women to be empowered

On Thursday 9 March, at the Gould Adams Community Centre, Logan young women aged 15-21 will come together as a community to participate in the R4Respect’s Logan Girls Empowerment Project.

R4Respect’s Logan Girls Empowerment Project was one of the recipients of a Queensland Government grant for activities and events to be held during Queensland Women’s Week 2017, which runs from 6-12 March.

From 9 am to 2.30 pm, this one-day workshop aims to cultivate leadership and participation of the next generation of young women and girls in Logan. The purpose is to empower high school aged women to be bold for creating change for a more inclusive, gender equal world.

R4Respect Youth Ambassador, Jennifer Uwineza said her team wants to invite young women from all backgrounds living in Logan to become authentic leaders and tackle gender inequality in their community, schools and workplaces.

“We believe the best way to reach out to young people, is through young people themselves,” Ms Uwineza said.

“We want them to listen to other young people that are currently doing great things and changing the world. They can be inspired especially during this time of the year when women are celebrated,” she said.

The conference will feature guest speakers including Queensland Finalist for Young Australian of the Year 2016 Justice King, Director of the Ecopads Australia Enterprise Freda Thong and Stephanie Francis from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

Young participants will engage in interactive activities on the day, as well as through social media in the lead up and after the event.

R4Respect Youth Ambassadors will facilitate the activities which will cover some of the issues faced by young women today, such as self-esteem, body image, mental health and bullying. It will also address some of the challenges that young women from multicultural communities have to deal with.

R4Respect Youth Ambassador Beenush Khokhar said Logan Girls Empowerment Project was set to create a mentoring and supportive network for young women and girls in Logan.

“We’re here for each other. We want to see young women get involved and lead the way. They need to know they can do whatever they set their minds to,” she said.

Event Details:
Where:
Gould Adams Community Centre
558-662 Kingston Rd, Kingston
When: 9 March 2017
Time: 9am to 2.30 pm

Logan Girls Empowerment Project is funded by the Queensland Government under the Queensland Women’s Week 2017 grant program. The Queensland Women’s Week grants program is being run through a partnership between the Queensland Government and YWCA Queensland.