International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8th across the world annually, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements, regardless of divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. This year, the theme of International Women’s Day is inspiriting Change calling for;
- Greater awareness of women’s equality
- Growth of women in senior leadership roles
- Growth of women owned businesses
- Increased financial independence for women.
Even though women’s equality has made positive gains, the world is still unequal. The vast array of communication channels, supportive spokespeople, equality research, campaigns and corporate responsibility initiatives means everyone can be an advocate inspiring change for women’s advancement. As a professional accounting and business services provider, YBM presently employ 45 staff and almost two thirds of those are women who hold positions in senior and management roles. They also have 6 owners working in the business, 2 of whom are women, and they believe it gives them an edge over their competitors. “It offers a different perspective and allows our female business owner’s clients to have their accounting and business affairs overseen by someone who understands the challenges women are faced with”, Partner at YBM, Mark Giumelli said. “Balancing a career and family is one of the biggest challenges women face and it is a necessity these days for both parents to work. So it is very important that they work with advisors that understand and offer support when required. At YBM we have the right people to help ease the burden on business owners, especially women. Don’t be afraid to ask for support and enjoy the balance of a successful business and happy family life.” In today’s society women also need to start planning ahead, this means by taking care of their own retirement fund and savings. First Choice Credit Union offer savings accounts with reasonable interest rates to help women reach their financial goals, whether it be for renovations, Christmas or your very own home. First Choice can provide assistance by providing booklets on budgeting, set up budget accounts and arrange for monies to be transferred out of your payroll directly into the budget account, create an online account, we can even lock your money away in a Christmas club helping you to save. It is never too late to start, put away a small amount each week and watch it grow. Make an appointment today. First Choice Credit Union is proud to sponsor our local International Women’s Day luncheon this Friday 7th March – in conjunction with YBM and The Canowindra Phoenix.
Care Factor – We care about our members and love to help them to achieve their goals.
Lynne Russell is an example of a local inspiring and independent woman who enjoys helping out the local community as well as having a part-time permanent job and running a household/farm. Lynne has joined many committees over the years including the Pre-School Committee, High School Committee, Primary School P & C, Junior Rugby League, Junior Rugby Club, Swimming Club and the Show Society. She has been in leadership roles including being President for the Canowindra show society. “Most of the committees I have been on have been to support them as my kids have been involved with them and if I can make a difference to an issue that’s important to me, I will. I also enjoy helping out our local community when I can”, Lynne explained. By Jessica Jenkins