TWO Ballarat women have been named among this year’s 100 women of influence and were recognised alongside some of Australia’s top business executives and leaders this week.
Committee for Ballarat chair Judy Verlin and multicultural community leader Mona Hatwal were finalists in the local/regional category of second annual Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence awards.
The awards were announced in Sydney yesterday.
Ms Verlin said it recognised the ability of women to influence the agenda.
“It’s celebrating women’s success at a time when we think there is equal opportunity for women but there are stark reminders in every leadership position that there just isn’t equal representation,” she said.
“When you’re balancing a career and you’re balancing a family, I think women are still making choices around that.”
Ms Hatwal migrated to Australia in 2001 and volunteers her time to promote the diverse cultures in Ballarat and Victoria at grassroots levels.
“A community that respects and empowers their females are the ones that are progressive,” she said. “I feel there are more females emerging and that’s a positive sign.”
Ms Hatwal is a former multicultural ambassador for the City of Ballarat and former Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council committee member.