Young local woman to inspire others

The theme for International Women’s Day is Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality. Given the achievements of Gerringong’s Kimberley Abbott, she is just the person to inspire our community, especially young women, to know it can happen by sharing her experiences, passion and vision .

A 25 year old engineer with a B Mechanical Engineering (with Honours) and B Science (Exercise Science) from the University of Wollongong, Kimberley was the University’s Young Alumni Award Winner in 2015. This prestigious award recognised her work as co- founder of Yes WE (Women Engineers) Can! which aims to educate young girls about engineering and inspire them to consider a career in the engineering and science fields.

Kim is also the founder of the social business, Roka, based in India and providing women with a source of income through making jewellery from the waste product of the granite quarries around Bangalore. In 2013 Kim was named in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2014 she was a finalist in the NSW Young Woman of the Year Awards and in 2015 she was selected by the Australian Government to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She has also recently founded two new social enterprises: SheBuild and GenBuild.

Kim will be the guest speaker at a CMRI Gerringong fundraiser to mark International Women’s Day. She has strong links to the group as her mother, Sharon Abbott, and her grandmother were members. “As an past student of Gerringong Public School and Kiama High School, Kim knows the opportunities available to youth in our community and she will certainly motivate and encourage her audience to make the most of every chance to make a difference in the world, to achieve goals and to make things happen,” says CMRI’s Lorraine Peade.

Details: Friday 11 March, 7.15 for 7.30pm, followed by supper. Tickets $20/$10 students from Belinda 4234 0224 or 042 134 9505


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