Women's Voices: Building a Stronger WA together

The Committee for Perth invites you to join us at this special roundtable event for our Executive Women's Leadership Forum.

Following on from the Committee for Perth's research report on gender equality, Filling the Pool, the Minister for Women's Interests has invited us to hold a roundtable discussion on the Government's plan to advance gender equality in WA.

Armed with recommendations from the report and your lived experience, bring your ideas about what the future might look like for West Australian women, what are the most important issues and what actions should be taken to reduce the gender gap.

We are delighted to have The Hon. Simone McGurk, Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services join us for this unique opportunity to shape the Plan.

Meet our speakers and panellists

The Hon.Simone McGurk MLA Image
The Hon.Simone McGurk MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

Simone is the State Labor Member for Fremantle, and the Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services.

As a Minister in the McGowan Labor Government, Simone is working to establish a whole-of-government approach to tackling the scourge of family and domestic violence, and is ensuring that our state invests in children during the critical early years to build stronger families and communities.

Prior to her election in 2013, Simone worked in the union movement for over 22 years. She was one of the first women elected to be an Organiser for the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, before being elected the Assistant State Secretary in 1997. She later worked with the union United Voice.

From 2007, Simone served as Assistant Secretary, and later Secretary, of Unions WA. There, she coordinated the Your Rights at Work Campaign against the Howard Government's 'Workchoices' reforms, and campaigned for more local content and local jobs during WA's mining boom.

Simone has also worked in Native Title for the Yamatji Land and Sea Council, and as a producer with the ABC.

Simone holds degrees in History from the University of Melbourne and Media from Murdoch University

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.