Sharman is well known for her strong win in the 1996 Federal election, having won the seat of Murray for the Liberal party after it had only ever resided in the hands of the Nationals party. Sharman widened her margin in the time she held the seat until she retired from politics at the 2016 election. Sharman looks back on her time in politics fondly but notes that she “experienced the challenges and consequences of a less than inclusive parliament. Women are not only underrepresented numerically, we fail to be found in equal numbers in the most powerful positions, shaping policy and allocating resources.”
Achieving greater gender equality and empowerment in the workplace and society has always been one of Sharman’s strongest commitments and she recently joined WFEA as an Ambassador.
Sharman has numerous books in print, including “Aborigines in White Australia”, which documents the evolving inter race relations from war to welfare and its formalisation into legislation. She became the government’s representative on the Australian Council for Reconciliation and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs. She has also been a Shadow Minister for Women. Sharman has represented Australia on gender equity issues in numerous multi-lateral fora, including: in the Human Rights Commission in Geneva, over four years at the UN NY; at APEC Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) in Chile, Vietnam and PNG, and he was an official observer of elections in Bangladesh and Azerbaijan.
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