Teenagers enjoy leadership forum


The future looks bright for a group of girls in Rockingham who took part in a young women’s leadership forum at Murdoch University on Thursday, hosted by the Young United Nations Women Australia Perth Committee.

Students from Rockingham Montessori School, Comet Bay College, Tranby College, Marantha Christian College, Kolbe Catholic College, Rockingham Senior High School and Warnbro Community High School took part in a day-long seminar aimed at encouraging young women to develop their leadership skills.

Forum organiser Sally Lewis said it was positive to see such engaged young women in the Rockingham community.

‘‘I think the girls are really engaged and they seem to be getting quite a lot out of it,’’ she said,

‘‘It’s important for them to feel empowered and to equip them with the skills to let them know they can do what they want to do.

‘‘It’s just about trying to get them to dream big for themselves and think beyond the confines of Rockingham because I think in this area there’s quite a focus on trades and that kind of stuff and so for these girls it’s really about expanding their horizons.’’

Students enjoyed a talk in the morning from Tanya Dupagne, who grew up in Kwinana and has gone on to achieve great things through her work overseas and with the Global Good Foundation.

Tranby College student Miranda Naprelac said it was inspiring to hear Ms Dupagne’s story.

‘‘She spoke about how everyone’s always stereotyping Kwinana and Rockingham for being ‘bogany’ and ‘dero’ but then she tells this amazing story of how she broke that stereotype, went to university and then travelled around the world to help people,’’ she said.

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