War ‘difficult to justify’
Grant helps league members learn e-mail, internet
Catholic Women's League executive members signing on to the grant, from left (back row): Margaret Bartley, Roseleen Goldie and Doreen Ford; (front row): Gladys Meaney-Budd, Aileen Solowiej and Peg McEntee
Catholic Women's League Australia has secured a $25,000 Federal Government grant to train up its members in information technology.
It is one of only six organisations to have grant applications approved from the 2002-03 allocation under the Government's Women's Development Program.
The Capacity Building in Information Technology grant is for the league's Train the trainers in information technology project, through which it will strengthen the information technology skills of its members, especially those living in rurally isolated areas.
A teacher has been employed to train four league members from each state, who will then go on to train the league executives, branch members and rurally isolated members.
Members from five dioceses attended the the first training session, held at St Ives parish. The project will continue until June.
"We are very thrilled and excited to have received the grant," says national president, Peg McEntee.
The league, she says, has an ageing and decreasing membership.
She hopes that by offering email, internet and other computer training members will feel more confident in taking up leadership roles.
"I hope that this will give them the confidence and self esteem to enable them to take on decision making and leadership positions," she said.
"We are aware that there are many similar classes in the community, but in many cases they are not basic but assume knowledge.
"I think if our members' peers can train them within the organisation, they will be more confident."
The grant application was approved by the Commonwealth Office of the Status of Women.
"We are very pleased about this for many reasons, and one is that the Federal Government, through the Office of the Status of Women, has recognised the value of Catholic Women's League Australia," said Peg McEntee.