Saturday, 5 July 2014

youngNCWVIC is on the Way!


Strategic planning advice obtained by NCWV from Deakin University and the pink paper exercise from early 2013 confirmed the urgent need for National Council of Women of Victoria to bridge the generation gap by embracing the new social media and to find ways of involving younger women in its work. 

In order to create a framework to engage younger women, we looked for an opportunity to have some young women to take on a task that could be successfully accomplished within a given time frame. 

The idea is to get the under 30s to facilitate the involvement of the secondary students in the NCWV project ‘My Vote, My Voice’ linked to the Victorian Electoral Commission Passport to Democracy program. We have had a careful look at the arrangements adopted by NCW Great Britain but have decided not to adopt their system of signing young women up directly and charging a fee of 15 Euros. Rather we have been trying to involve younger women through one or another of our affiliate or partner organisations working under the supervision of an experienced NCWV member. 

Thanks to some great work by the younger women with whom we already have contact, we now have a social media set up for youngNCWVIC. This will help their work with us on projects like the Year 9 students event at the Parliament of Victoria on March 20th. 

The Gmail address is youngncwvic@gmail.com and a blog has been created at the youngncwvic Wordpress page linked with with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Hootsuite links. Tumblr is a way of enabling students to post photographs of themselves working on the presentations they will bring to the Parliament on Thursday March 20th and thus helps build momentum for engagement in the project, as well as act as a base set of information about the progress of the project.