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Building resilience is a lifelong pursuit, but one well worth the effort

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Paula Barrett is an expert when it comes to building resilience to help navigate life’s ups and downs.

As a scholar and groundbreaking researcher in the field of psychology and resilience, she has been internationally recognised in the top 1 per cent of global publishers within her field and has received many awards throughout her career – including the Highly Commended Certificate in the Human Rights Medal of the Australian Human Rights Commission for her contribution to the well being of children, youth and the wider community.

This makes Paula Barrett the perfect keynote speaker for The Lady Musgrave Trust’s 2019 Forum on Women and Homelessness.

Why is resilience so important? Barrett says it acts as a foundation in our lives.

“There are always challenges throughout life that everyone has to be able to learn to cope with and continue to move forward and confidently embrace life opportunities, despite what has happened in the past,” she says.

“Whether that’s a challenge in the family, a career setback, an illness, a natural disaster or an unpredictable traumatic event, there are always life situations where we need to rise up and be strong.

“That means learning how to cope in positive ways and also finding support networks and developing healthy coping mechanisms.”

Barrett says that resilience “is really a collection of life skills”.

“It’s like building a reservoir of life skills so that you can approach challenges in a positive, confident way.”

And empowerment is key, she says.

“I really believe in empowering people with skills so they can have a stronger approach, more self-confidence, be healthier and have an enhanced sense of wellbeing – people from all sectors of society deserve this,” Barrett says.

“Some people are born more resilient than others, but we can all learn as a population to be more resilient.

“Just like we can learn to be better and stronger at any other skill, like swimming or singing, we can all learn resilience independent of age, cultural background, gender and other factors.”

Barrett says some of the most important skills to learn include developing and understanding emotions and feelings – learning how to self regulate and self soothe, developing empathy and compassion, and understanding emotions in others.

“It’s important to learn to pay attention to the five senses and the positive aspects of life around us,” she says.

“It’s equally important to learn to be able to adapt our thinking – about ourselves, others and our environment – from negative to positive.

“And there’s the capacity to be present, and mindful.

“Building resilience is a lifelong pursuit, but one that we can choose to learn at any stage in our lives.”

Paula Barrett is a keynote speaker at the The 11th Annual Forum on Women and Homelessness, which will explore themes around building resilience, surviving and thriving, in Brisbane on Wednesday 7 August, 2019.

Madonna King on stage

What’s influencing our teen girls? Madonna King to present at 2019 Annual Forum on Women and Homelessness

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Madonna King has a deep and unique understanding of what makes young women tick.

Apart from being one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists and the author of nine books, King’s most recent work is the best-selling study on just how dads and their teen girls get along, Fathers and Daughters.

Her research saw her talking to young women across the country and the many professionals who interact with them on a daily basis, making King the perfect keynote speaker for The Lady Musgrave Trust’s 2019 Forum on Women and Homelessness.

The author has gained a wealth of insight into the worlds and minds of young women and how they experience the world they’re growing up in today.

“Over the last two years I’ve interviewed about 1500 girls, 400 dads, 60 mums, dozens and dozens of school principals, teen psychologists, teachers, guidance officers and parenting experts,” King says.

“And as a mother of two teenagers, I can see a real concern relating to tomorrow’s female leaders.”

She cites a “lack of connectedness” as a key issue, despite the fact that young girls are often connected via a phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Many of them are utterly alone and dealing with really serious things,” she says.

“When we were children and we had an argument at school, we could come home and close the doors and home was a sanctuary – and often only one parent was working.

“Now a girl will come home and go into her room, where any kind of argument can escalate and go right through the night.

“This sense of fitting in is so big now that our girls will almost do anything largely to fit in.

“The quandary they’re in, in who they are, their identity, is much more difficult than when we were that age.

“They are not talking to their parents, they are being influenced by people online they’ve never met. There’s a tsunami of instant gratification.

“What’s the impact of this?”

King will share her insights into those impacts and much more when she speaks at the 2019 Annual Forum on Women and Homelessness in Brisbane on Wednesday 7 August.

“My heart goes out to them,” King says.

“They’re just so vulnerable in a world so different from the people making policy and indeed their own parents.”

King says there is an “epidemic of anxiety among teen girls” and that they commonly experience “dramatic highs and lows”.

“I think we have high expectations of our girls and they have high expectations of themselves.”

She also says the importance of parents should never be underestimated – particularly dads.

“Too many fathers settle for the role of provider, not parent – and I think there is a generation of teenagers screaming out for contact with their parents.

“And in a busy busy world, we as parents have to stop and ensure we’re not just listening to our kids but really hearing what they’re telling us.”

Madonna King is a keynote speaker at the The 11th Annual Forum on Women and Homelessness, which will explore themes around building resilience, surviving and thriving, in Brisbane on Wednesday 7 August.

YAC

The Lady Musgrave Trust appoints its first Youth Advisory Committee

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L-R (back) Bridget Clark, Brittanie Dreghorn, Kate Hudson, CEO Karen Lyon Reid
L-R (front) Brianna Kelly, Georgia Amery

Queensland’s oldest charity and champion for homeless women The Lady Musgrave Trust has appointed its first Youth Advisory Committee to support its Executive Board.

The strategically selected members of the committee will provide insight from the viewpoint of younger people to help shape the Trust’s various business functions, says The Lady Musgrave Trust Chief Executive Officer Karen Lyon Reid.

“We’ve selected five women between the ages of 18-30 who specialise or have experience in different business functions or areas of the community,” she says.

“As a group, the Youth Advisory Committee will be expected to generate suggestions for consideration by the Board in relation to opportunities for revenue raising, promotion and advertising, recruitment of future members, and training opportunities.”

The Youth Advisory Committee members have been appointed for an initial period of 2 years. They are:

  • Georgia Amery – Analyst at Deloitte
  • Brianna Kelly – Bid Manager APAC at Architecture Firm Populous
  • Kate Hudson – Full time student
  • Bridget Clark – Marketing professional at NFP Arts Organisation Voices of Birralee
  • Brittanie Dreghorn – Marketing professional at The Content Division

Committee member Bridget Clark says she wanted to be a part of the Youth Advisory Committee because she believes in The Lady Musgrave Trust’s cause and is passionate about the non-profit sector.

“I am hoping to be pushed beyond my comfort zone and to develop new skills and ways of thinking, both rationally and emotionally, to create positive change in the lives of homeless women and children,” Ms Clark says.

Committee member Brittanie Dreghorn says she’s excited to join the Trust and share insights from a young professional’s perspective.

“Homelessness can happen to anyone from any background so I think there’s work to be done in communicating that and also the services provided by The Lady Musgrave Trust,” she says.

“Solving the issue of homelessness relies on so many other things including helping victims of domestic violence, increasing safe access to public health services and much more, so in the meantime having support and housing for women is really important.”

Brianna Kelly says she was shocked to hear that homelessness is even a possibility for women her age.

“Homelessness does not discriminate and I hope to get involved to raise enough awareness and money to completely eradicate the problem, not only for the young women of Brisbane but for all homeless people,” she says.

Kate Hudson said she was excited to be joining The Lady Musgrave Trust team because of their excellent work already being achieved.

“I am looking forward to contributing and producing innovative solutions to tough problems,” she says.

Committee member Georgia Amery has worked with a number of non-profit and independent community organisations, and is a passionate advocate for equal opportunity.

“I believe in empowering all individuals to thrive and am honoured to assist women and children in need through the work of The Lady Musgrave Trust,” Ms Amery says.

The group will get together for an initial introduction to the Trust and its activities on 2 May before they start attending regular meetings and events.

The first event the Committee will be assisting with is The Lady Musgrave Trust’s Annual Forum for Women and Homelessness on Wednesday 7 August, 2019.

Find out more about The Lady Musgrave Trust and its work here.

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The Lady Musgrave Trust Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)

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The Lady Musgrave Trust is establishing a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) as a support group for the Board.  The innovative and strategic thinkers on the YAC would provide insight into a different perspective from the viewpoint of young people that would benefit the Trust’s various business functions.

Our search has now commenced for appropriate candidates, starting with a Chair.

Role of the Youth Advisory Committee

  • Periodic attendance at Board meetings (probably quarterly) to understand the strategic direction of the Board and report on outcomes from YAC discussions (YAC members will not have voting rights at Board Meetings they attend)
  • Work with the Fundraising Committee to generate and consider ideas for potential fundraising activities and provide input from the YAC perspective
  • Work with the Trust’s Marketing & Promotions service providers to enhance the use of social media options to promote the work of the Trust.
  • Generate suggestions as a group for consideration by the Board in relation to opportunities for revenue raising, promotion and advertising, recruitment of future members, training opportunities.
  • Willingness to volunteer to assist at events and to promote the events to others for volunteering as well as assisting in areas where required eg the fitout of new units.

From time to time the Board will request the YAC to undertake specific projects in relation to the activities of the Trust. These projects may include, but not be limited to, fundraising ideas, assistance with work to be done at or around the properties owned by the Trust, research into potential opportunities that are identified, general discussion on key initiatives.

Structure of the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)

  • YAC will comprise of between 4 and 8 members between the ages of 18 to 30.
  • YAC will be supported and guided by 1 or 2 Board members in the initial stages.
  • Initial appointment would be for 2 years with the option of a further 2 years with agreement from both parties.
  • Position is voluntary with reimbursement of expenses occurred on behalf of the Trust.
  • Members must be interested in the Trust’s work and willing to make a contribution to furthering that work.
  • Members must be willing to volunteer for periodic fundraising or support events to further the Trust’s Members must be willing to be ambassadors for the Trust at events within their age group.
  • Members would be provided with information on the work of the Trust and internal training as required to support their membership of the YAC.

Benefits of joining the YAC

  • Opportunity to develop networks through attendance at events
  • Demonstrates willingness to undertake responsibility
  • Opportunity to develop confidence and learn new skills particularly in Board operations which could translate to future opportunities
  • Potential for consideration as a Board member

To be considered for the role, please email office@ladymusgravetrust.org.au with a one-page summary of why you think you should be selected for the role. 

Styling you

Styling You donates $10 from every T-shirt to The Lady Musgrave Trust

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Brisbane-based fashion brand Styling You has announced it will donate $10 from the sale of every Nikki sequin SY logo t-shirt to The Lady Musgrave Trust.

Nikki Parkinson, the face and brains behind the brand, says she’s always supported charities that have a connection with women in the community.

“Just before launching the Styling You label, I knew that I wanted a percentage of the proceeds of this T-shirt to go to a charity that helps women in our community,” she says.

“And then I discovered The Lady Musgrave Trust, and it really struck a chord with me.

“I loved that I could help not only spread awareness about the charity, but also directly support it through the sales of this tee.”

Nikki started Styling You as a blog nearly 11 years ago, launched the online store three years ago and this year kicked off Styling You as its very own label.

“Styling You has grown off the back of a really beautiful community that comes together to feel more confident, to find confidence in their style and have that support of other women,” she says.

“At the heart of it, I talk about women and confidence through what they wear all the time but there’s a whole sector of our community who don’t necessarily have access to find that kind of confidence.

“So I’d like to be able to get our community thinking about that.”

The Nikki sequin SY logo t-shirt comes in two colours – black and blush.

“It’s made from super soft modal and has a curved hem for a flattering fit whether worn tucked in or out – so it’s a tee that people can feel good about buying, but it also feels great to wear,” she says.

“I’m really proud to be an ambassador for The Lady Musgrave Trust, who at the grassroots level are working to help women meet those basic important needs in life.”

Get your Nikki sequin SY logo t-shirt here.

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What really causes homelessness for women and their children?

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Homelessness doesn’t discriminate. And it can happen in an instant for anyone from any background. But when it comes to the reasons why people find themselves homeless the list is long and varied, touching on a range of social, economic and health-related factors.

It could be as seemingly simple as an unexpected car breakdown, losing a job or some other incident that sets the wheels in motion for a person to suddenly find themselves no longer able to afford their rent or accommodation costs.

Ongoing health issues, struggling to find affordable rental housing, economic and social exclusion, or not feeling safe at home are among the other reasons. But when you look at the research and the anecdotal evidence gathered by those in frontline services, there are four main causes that can single-handedly, or in combination, lead to homelessness.

Domestic violence

Family, sexual and domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness across Australia for women and children – and particularly so for those who are young, pregnant or have an Indigenous background. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that in 2016-17 about 72,000 women and 34,000 children found themselves homeless for this very reason. They also discovered the problem has only grown in the past five years.

The AIHW says in Australia one in four women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15 and, alarmingly, on average one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.

Financial difficulties

In Queensland, 25 per cent of homelessness is attributed to experiencing financial difficulty and the inability to afford adequate housing. This can of course result from many different personal experiences, including short- or long-term unemployment or a sudden loss of employment, as well as debt, housing market pressures and rising rental and housing prices.

There are many other financial pressures too, from everyday living costs to unexpected costs that can tip a person’s budget over the edge and make them financially unstable. Often, financial difficulties will come in combination with the other key drivers for homelessness – such as family breakdown, health obstacles and domestic violence.

Some will experience intergenerational poverty and have never known any different, meaning they lack the connections and therefore possible support in periods of stress or financial hardship, which are difficult to face alone.

Mental health

The link between homelessness and mental health is well established. Just as mental health problems can be a key contributing factor in the lead-up to homelessness, the very experience of being homeless can leave a devastating impact on individuals at a mental and emotional level. These two issues are tightly interconnected and their impact on the other irrefutable.

While quantifying the prevalence of mental illness as a number of percentage in homeless populations is very difficult, and the estimates that do exist vary greatly, it is fair to say that mental health issues in homeless people are more common than in the average population.

Drug and alcohol issues

The research has found that drug and alcohol abuse and addiction is another factor that can play a role in causing homelessness, but it’s important to note that it’s not always a factor and that there are many stereotypes and stigmas around this very complex issue.

Researchers have consistently found that rates of alcohol and other drug use are higher in the homeless than for the general population – and that for women in particular, drugs can prove a bigger problem than alcohol. It is however very difficult to differentiate how much substance abuse leads to homelessness in comparison to how homelessness may lead to substance abuse, so they are are interconnected.

There are many varied factors that can influence a person’s life in the lead-up to and during homelessness that make this a very complex issue and one that we must continue to address.

 

The Lady Musgrave Trust is Queensland’s oldest charity, and is committed to making a difference in the lives of those who find themselves homeless and in need at difficult times in their life.

We focus specifically on women and children’s homelessness throughout Queensland and provide young women up to the age of 30 with low cost accommodation and support services in our portfolio in Brisbane and Ipswich. We also create and distribute The Handy Guide for Homeless Women and host a unique Annual Forum focused on women and homelessness.

Story Bridge

Monuments across Queensland to shine a light on homelessness for Women’s Week 2019

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The week of 2-9 March 2019 is Queensland Women’s Week and The Lady Musgrave Trust is once again leading the cause with celebrations, fundraising and an awareness campaign that will see iconic landmarks across the state spring to life in purple lights.

A number of Queensland local councils will light up landmarks and monuments in their cities for the entire week to shine the spotlight on the issues surrounding women’s homelessness in Queensland.

Karen Lyon Reid, CEO of The Lady Musgrave Trust, said there were up to 10,000 homeless women across the state, and it was up to everyone to create a strong and supportive community for all women.

“Queensland Women’s Week is about recognising that we all have a role to play in creating a Queensland community that respects women, embraces gender equality, and promotes and protects the rights, interests and wellbeing of women and girls,” she said.

“We have to come together as a community and support those women who are disadvantaged.”

The week-long festivities will culminate on International Women’s Day (8 March), with the lighting of Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge in purple and The Lady Musgrave Trust’s SHElter Her Cocktail Party – a ticketed event that raises money for the trust’s activities throughout the year.

“This event is the major annual fundraiser for The Lady Musgrave Trust – a wonderful event people can come along to for a good time while supporting a very important cause,” Ms Lyon Reid said.

“We’re really pleased to have the support of the Queensland Government for this initiative, and we’re delighted to be joined by The Honourable Di Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, who is coming along to support the event and the issue on the day.”

The Lady Musgrave Trust relies heavily on this type of fundraising, as well as grants and donations, to do their work – providing accommodation for young women and producing The Handy Guide for homeless women, a directory that lists the details for vital support services across Queensland.

“Disadvantaged women come from all different circumstances,” Ms Lyon Reid said. “But the majority have experienced domestic violence, poverty and or poor mental health.”

“The more people who hear about the important work we do, the more will hopefully reach out to support us and assist to put this guide into the hands of the women who need it most.

“We’re always looking to increase distribution at organisations in local communities, including as many hospitals, shelters, community centres and police stations as possible.”

Queensland Women’s Week is just one out of a full year of activities for The Lady Musgrave Trust that focuses on addressing the issues around women and homelessness.

“This continues our legacy of 134 years of supporting Queensland’s disadvantaged women and assisting women wherever we can.”

Monuments shining a light on homelessness for Queensland Women’s Week 2019:

  • Brisbane City Council – Story Bridge on Friday 8 March, International Women’s Day, only
  • Rockhampton Regional Council – Lights on the buildings in Quay Street + Heritage Façade
  • Southern Downs Regional Council – Town Hall
  • Logan City Council – Water towers and also possibly our main administration building.
  • City of Ipswich – Lighting of Ipswich Civic Centre and Studio 188
  • Mackay Regional Council – Civic Precinct Fountain
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council – The Hub in Caboolture

 

Photo in header by Sue Whiteman.

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Myer Indooroopilly Christmas gift wrapping to raise funds for The Lady Musgrave Trust

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This Christmas, volunteers from St Peters Lutheran College will be gift wrapping at Myer Indooroopilly to raise funds for The Lady Musgrave Trust.

Thanks to a wonderful group of students, parents and teacher volunteers, Christmas shoppers who buy items at Myer Indooroopilly can have their gifts wrapped for them, on the spot.

All money raised will go towards helping The Lady Musgrave Trust to continue delivering essential services for young homeless women in need.

The 2018 Myer Charity Christmas Wrapping kicks off today, Friday December 7th, until Christmas Eve, with daily gift wrapping from 10.00am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.00pm – including weekends.

“St Peters Lutheran College, through our Community Hub, are delighted to assist The Lady Musgrave Trust with their Christmas wrapping fundraiser,” says Deputy Head of College Lisa Delaney.

“The wonderful work done by the Trust reflects the College’s values of Care, Dignity and Respect.

“Our community has rallied behind this initiative and we are looking forward to a very successful fundraising venture and to continuing our partnership with the Trust.”

The Lady Musgrave Trust is honoured to have the support of both the school and Myer Indooroopilly over the festive season – which can often be a difficult period for those families in need.

The Lady Musgrave Trust has a long-running connection with Myer Indooroopilly, who have been raising funds through the Myer Community Fund for two years now through regular staff morning teas and who offered the Trust this opportunity for Christmas wrapping.

On the 13th December they will also be hosting a morning tea with the Myer Indooroopilly staff and The Lady Musgrave Trust board members, to celebrate their very generous, recent donation of $25,000.

This will contribute to the cost of accommodation for women and children across Queensland.

The Trust relies on the support of the community to assist women and children in need and deliver such essential services. We are truly grateful for the ongoing support from Myer Indooroopilly to help us make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

While Christmas is often seen as the happiest time of year, it is also hard for many families. Let’s remember that and support families in need.

Thanks to…

St Peters Myer

 

Lady Musgrave Trust Success Stories

Changing the trajectory of young women – the important questions we need to ask

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By Misha Kaur, Senior Manager, Reason Group

I believe that we, as a collective, need to work together to change the trajectory of young women and girls as early as possible. While there are barriers and challenges, both at the individual and societal level, the future presents many opportunities and we need to do our best to support women to exploit these.

It’s clear women have what it takes. In the early teenage years, girls are more financially literate than boys and young women have higher rates of attaining bachelor degrees than men. Going forward, women have the upper edge to harness the changing nature of work and jobs the future presents too.

The skills required in this future, are not what I like to call “soft skills”, but human skills. Women innately have these essentials – an ability to foster relationships, communication, an ability to adapt to change, empathy and emotional intelligence.

And technology means that, going forward, we can increasingly build work more effectively around our life, our children and our family, also allowing women to do work that truly inspires them. Yet another example – growth in STEM offers new opportunities for women in industries that have previously been male dominated. The list of opportunities is endless.

But how do we shift mindsets to foster a society that supports women to exploit these opportunities and be recognised and rewarded for what each woman is worth? There are many questions worth considering and finding answers to, in a bid to create real change in this space.

Of course, we should never lose focus of housing services and crisis support – we need to have that safety net – but with a holistic approach there is huge potential in focusing on strategies that result in preventing women from entering the system in the first place as well as better supporting them to leave the system, permanently.

How can we shift mindsets at an individual level and instil financial independence?

How do we inspire a sense of purpose and belief of the value of each woman, and through this, foster the importance of financial literacy and independence?  Perhaps this turns the usual thinking upside down but without the right mindset, financial literacy is irrelevant to people.  But financial literacy is so important so women can stand on our own two feet and understand how to find their own purpose, gain meaningful employment, invest wisely and feel self-supported with their own sense of financial independence.

With strong financial foundations, women can better bounce back from setbacks or relationship separations, building the skills we need to flourish, and in ensuring we are recognised for our value and treated with respect.

First, we must help women understand the value they bring, help them see a future, help them want a future.

How do we build communities as a source of trust and support?

Not all young girls and women have family who can help them with mindset and overcoming barriers – so how can we bring on others to help, such as friends, trusted persons, educational institutions and peers?

I love some of the current strategies of really fostering community-based housing responses – where we bring back our human nature of a sense of community where everyone supports each other. In addition, many of these responses provide a wide a range of support services that focus on a woman as a whole, and helps to address barriers and improve employability. With a community-based response, we can really focus on a long-term goal to help people permanently leave the homelessness system and thrive in life.

How do we create a society and environment that’s conducive for women to exploit the many opportunities of the future of work?

There’s still much work to be done when it comes to shifting the social norms of gender – for example, what ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine’ work is, or the gender pay gap. How do we shift the mindsets of employers and society in general to actually value and understand the benefits of diversity, rather than simply aiming for the idea of gender equity?

Things have improved in this space, but there are still barriers and gaps for women in the workplace and we need to keep our foot on the pedal.

As our future changes and new types of opportunities arise, how do we instil excitement of all children in the growing STEM fields early, and instil creativity and business mindset for young girls and women?  How do we create an environment where we shift employer attitudes, but also the labour market environment, so employers can give people a go where they otherwise may not have? And how do we make it easier for women to pursue entrepreneurial activity – to innovate or be a small start-up or business in Australia

Australia is known for having a very difficult small business regulatory environment that is hard to navigate, and for at risk people such as those from diverse backgrounds this can be even harder.

We need to think innovatively about broader shifts to policies and the system to help women exploit the opportunities of the future.

How can we work together to understand the real barriers, and leverage shared knowledge to create real, lasting change?

In a tightening fiscal environment, we need community, trusted persons, friends and mentors, education, health and community sectors to collaborate and work together. Allow our historical assumptions to be challenged.

We need to understand the needs and the barriers of women at risk and consider them as whole individuals, not just from the sector we work in. It is a complex world, and one moving part affects the other, so we need to understand where we show up but understand that anything we do has broader effects, and for government, consider broader policies in this way.

We say we want to innovate but are we really ready to do this? It might mean letting go of power and harnessing the wisdom of the crowd, and sharing decision-making. It might also mean letting go of any individual agendas to ensure that together we are greater than the sum of our parts.

This is the reason I invest so much of my time and energy in trying to shift the mindset of government and policymakers – to adopt more human-centred and more holistic practices and better understand the needs of women, the community, employers.

It is often things the things we don’t jump to first that are the real barriers to making progress and we need to leverage knowledge of those around us to help us.

It is why I work with government to in shift their role – from the central decision maker to a broker of partnerships –  and devolve some of the responsibility, ownership, and power of decision-making to others. It is also why I work with government and organisations to shift their mindsets so we can actually succeed in innovating and collaborating.

A positive future where women succeed is possible.  We will see it, when we believe it. With that, I challenge us all, to consider how we shift our own mindsets, to let go and work together, to allow innovation to occur, and to change the trajectory of young girls and women so they can harness the opportunities of the future.

Misha Kaur is a strategist and thought leader who helps governments and large organisations communicate, design and execute meaningful policies and design-led thinking.