Young Women Leaders Pave The Way In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is backing young Victorian women to reach their leadership potential.

Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins today welcomed 27 women to the second year of the Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Women Leaders Program.

The program gives women between the ages of 18 and 40 the essential skills, networks and experience they need to achieve their leadership goals.

The program was first launched in 2017 and saw 21 women from across Victoria undertake development training, skill-building workshops, individual mentoring and structured networking activities.

This year’s scholarship winners come from across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

Among them are Aboriginal community activists, teachers, scientists, environmental campaigners, human rights lawyers and public health advocates.

The scholarship honours the legacy of the late Joan Kirner AC, the first woman to serve as Premier of Victoria.

For more information on the program and other women’s leadership programs, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins

“To advance gender equality, we need to change those seemingly unchangeable beliefs – including the idea that only men can lead.”

“This program is about giving young women the tools they need to overcome structural barriers to women’s leadership.”

“Congratulations to these young and emerging leaders. I look forward to following your individual and collective leadership journeys.”