|Issue No 87||10 March 2001|
APESMA Launches Professional Women’s Network Directory
By Lousie Beard
In a new initiative to break down barriers between women in the professions, a directory for professional women was launched this week by ACTU President, Sharan Burrow.
The APESMA Professional Women's Network NSW Directory lists those Professional Women's Network members who are willing to share their skills, knowledge and experience with other APESMA (NSW) members.
Burrow has praised the Association on the Directory, which she says the initiative supported her strong belief that unions should be tapping into the rich network of women's history.
"Women have got to be a dominant issue for unions in the 21st century," said Burrow.
"This Network Directory is a fantastic idea."
If you need to talk to someone, if you need to contact other women in your location or your area of expertise, you've got this," she said.
Louise Beard from APESMA's NSW Branch says the Directory was a valuable resource for APESMA's women members, who work in the male dominated areas of engineering, science and technology.
"Women still only comprise 11% of APESMA's membership, which is a pretty accurate reflection of the industry" said Beard.
The Directory was designed to be used in a variety of ways, including:
· obtaining practical advice on a particular area, eg. management skills, from an individual woman or a number of women,
· contacting other network women in your location/area of expertise,
· inviting women to comment on a particular issue.
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