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Opportunity for diverse women leaders

11 June 20240 comments

A new initiative to empower women from diverse backgrounds to achieve their leadership aspirations has been launched by the Victorian Government.

The program, which supports culturally diverse women right across the state into leadership roles, opened recently. 

Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins has announced that applications are now open for the Women of Colour Executive Leadership Program, backed by a $180,000 investment by the government.

Minister Hutchins said gender should not determine people’s choices in life – education, career opportunities, financial security and health should all be equally accessible regardless of your gender.

She said women of colour face additional barriers in their careers and the Women of Colour Executive Leadership Program provides support for those working in a range of sectors including not-for-profit and community sectors, corporate and the Victorian Public Service.

The 2024 program will support 16 women to navigate the unique barriers that women of colour face through workshops, mentoring and coaching. 

Previous participants include Arshin Zaman, an engineer who is passionate about improving diversity, equity and inclusion across the industry, and Lama Tiavo who is a manager in a private sector consultancy, leading work on commercial strategies across the country.

“We’re breaking down barriers for women of all backgrounds by giving them access to tangible programs that drive real change across every sector in Victoria,“ Minister Hutchins said.

“We are empowering diverse women to forge ahead in their careers. The focus of these programs is to create an equal state for women and girls regardless of their cultural background.”

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ingrid Stitt said the program would unlock untapped potential in women from diverse communities.

“Having culturally diverse leadership enables organisations to get the best outcomes. This program will unlock the potential of women across a variety of sectors to step into or continue their leadership journey,” she said.

To learn more about the program and apply, go to: Women of Colour Executive Leadership Program | (