Fairness and empowerment

Maari Ma Executive Operations Officer Nola Whyman. PICTURE: ANDREW LODIONG

Broken Hill-based healthcare worker Nola Whyman calls for an ongoing push to achieve gender equality and support for women.

The Maari Ma Executive Operations Officer is excited to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) next week and can’t wait to share remarkable stories.

“I think it’s a really good time to recognise women’s contribution to society as a whole,” Mrs Whyman said. “Not just for workplaces but to everything that women do.”

She is looking forward to hearing more about the achievements, toughness and versatility women in the region and around the world have shown

Mrs Whyman said balanced treatment for women in the workplace is one of many areas that she wants to see change.

“I’d like to see more dialogue on how that can happen and have honest conversation about the reasons and the importance of it,” she said.

“It devalues women’s contributions if we don’t have honest conversation about how we go about making sure we get to that point.

“It highlights in so many ways the difficulties women go through and are not listened to.”

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This goal is in line with this year’s IWD theme of #BreakTheBias, which promotes a diverse, equitable, and inclusive world.

Mrs Whyman said in her executive roll she would continue to keep a close connection with the women in the Indigenous communities that the health service support, for several reasons.

“Most of the caregivers in the community are usually women who take on the lead role in caring for children,” she said.

“They also take to the role of voicing the thoughts of men who sometimes find it hard to say things.

“It’s really important for me to make sure that I hear what’s coming from the community to be able to pass that on to our organisation.”

Outside of the office, she would like to maintain a presence as a role model for young girls to participate in extra-curricular activities.

The Broken Hill Basketball Association life member coaches and helps train children to encourage them to stay active.

“As a female, you want to be able to be a role model so that kids can look up to,” Mrs Whyman said.

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“Particularly Aboriginal younger girls, I try and encourage them to be part of Broken Hill’s basketball program so they can be out and about, keeping fit and healthy.”

In the day-to-day, her wish is that women, no matter where they live, continue to stand up for each other.

Mrs Whyman is ready to meet and network with other locals at the IWD function in Broken Hill on Tuesday.

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