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Project Manager : June July 2011
Project Manager 36 In March, WIPM Special Interest Groups across Australia celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD). The annual event provides an opportunity to reflect, not only on the contribution of women who were pioneers in their respective fields, but also the champions who changed the status and employment opportunities that women of all ages enjoy today. The United Nations theme for IWD in 2011 was ‘Equal access to education, training and science and technology: pathway to decent work for women’. The message being that the opportunity for, and access to, education and training as a pathway to decent work should be considered across the spectrum of employment and career structures, economic and social status, as well as individual and cultural backgrounds. About WIPM WIPM was founded in Canberra in 2007 to meet the professional development and networking needs of women project managers. Now national, WIPM supports local project professionals and international issues. Women in Project Management (WIPM), an AIPM special interest group, hosted events on International Women’s Day to recognise the achievements of women. CELEBRATING WOMEN 130 guests attended the IWD event in Canberra. Guest speaker Carmeneza dos Santos explained that educated women in Timor Leste are politically active, with almost 30 per cent of elected seats held by women, c ompared to Australia’s 24.7 per cent. She went on to explain that educating a young woman i n Timor Leste would not only change her life, but also create opportunities for her family and village. BY DEBBIE MAZLIN, WIPM SIG • EVENTS WIPM in Tasmania hosted a lunch for 50 people. Guest speaker, Dr Jessica Andrewartha from the University of Tasmania, spoke on leadership and how to influence people as a young project professional. In Sydney, WIPM welcomed 90 guests to lunch. Guest speaker Sue Murray, recently retired CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), spoke on the importance of leadership and governance, and her experience building the NBCF. The Sydney event raised $805, with all proceeds going to the NBCF. : :J
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