A group of Year 11 students participated in the virtual 2021 Girls Takeover Parliament program, coinciding with International Day of the Girl on October 11. Designed to encourage greater female participation in politics, Girls Takeover Parliament offers young women the space to connect and experience the political process first hand.
The students were able to speak to a panel of prominent female politicians and have a taste of the political process with a ‘real-life’ negotiation about a land development.
Audrey thoroughly enjoyed the day. “It was really interesting to learn about the whole process, and get an insider scoop on the problems women and people of colour face in Parliament. There’s a real need to get more diverse MPs in to reflect the whole of society – it made me think how I could get involved and fulfil my own aspirations.”
Olivia feels more confident about being a woman in the workforce after the event. “The whole guest speaker question and answer portion was very interesting. I loved the panel with Mehreen Faruqi, Tanya Plibersek and Liesl Tesch especially. Definitely an amazing experience, getting to have almost one on one mentoring sessions with some women in Parliament.
Jasiri, the organisation behind the event, is a social enterprise working to unlock the next generation of political leaders and policy changemakers, by giving young women their first plunge into politics.