The idea for this Women in Development groups was not mine - it started with Dimity Fifer, CEO of Australian Volunteers International * who started a similar group in Melbourne some years ago. it was rolled into Sydney and i took responsibility for convening meetings in 2011. its a simple and easy format and one that i am sure already exists in other cities and one that can be started very easily.
Meetings bi-monthly give Women a place to exchange ideas, learn and contribute to discussion on a topic of the moment which starts off our discussions. A sandwich lunch or a few drinks and nibbles go down well in venues offered by Aid agencies and the day we meet varies to ensure as many women as possible can attend.
Sometimes just a few women come along but we have had thirty on occasion - its what we expect in a sector where overseas postings are frequent so our membership changes constantly - it brings us regular new faces.
The idea for this website and blog was mine as its seems a simple way to share information and ideas and act as a base to publicise meetings. i am not a tech savvy Gen y person so this solution came after several abortive attempts to work out an effective and easy means of communication that suits a mobile population - the young, the travelling, the older and those having a career break to bring up children or study and more !
So here it is - we welcome your contributions and ideas and look forward to receiving feedback on what can be improved and how it can be expanded to more fully meet your needs and interests.
Take care and always travel safe
*Dimity has extensive experience in conflict resolution, community development and education, and a strong commitment to social justice. Prior to her role with AVI, she was CEO of the Victorian Council of Social Service, working to create real change for those experiencing poverty and disadvantage. She has also worked in a number of roles in indigenous reconciliation, community health and mediation, and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for leadership in social policy.