Councillor 'honoured' by United Nations call
Tuesday, 4th October, 2011
By Erica Visser
Councillor Darriea Turley has been invited to attend the United Nation’s 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
She will join two other Australian women at the annual 16-day conference in February at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Clr Turley said that national and global recognition of the issues affecting country women was important.
“The issue for CSW is equality and to address the critical issues which affect women and therefore families,” she said.
“It’s about putting it on the agenda and saying ‘Yes, we are disadvantaged and we need to improve services and the policy around that.’”
The session will focus on the empowerment of country women and their role in development and in combating problems such as poverty and hunger.
Clr Turley, who is the President of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association, said that it was an honour to have been invited.
“I am elated, quite shocked but very proud and honoured to be chosen,” she said.
Clr Turley has a background in health and welfare and has always been passionate about gender equity and the empowerment of rural women.
“We need to ensure we have strong policies for rural Australia,” she said.
“Australia does very well in regards to policy for family violence but we need to look at poverty for rural women as well as illness and access to resources.
“I’ve been passionate about rural Australia and how we can continue to sustain and have an impact on influencing global policy for this and in regards to women will be empowering”.
Clr Turley said that she was looking forward to gaining knowledge about rural women’s issues at the conference and applying it locally.
“I want to get an international perspective that I can actually relate back to Australian policy,” she said.
Of particular concern were the issues of access to education and training, leadership and communication, and health services.
Clr Turley credited her family for her success in working with women’s issues.
“I’m blessed to have a husband and family that supports me and without them I would not be in this position.
So will husband Darryl accompany her on the overseas trip?
“I don’t know! He’ll have to behave himself,” she said.
The Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis, congratulated the three “outstanding women” on their appointment and said they would make a valuable contribution to the important gathering.
“These representatives will bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience in issues affecting rural women,” Ms Ellis said.