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I’m living the dream and am surrounded by amazing, strong and resilient women.

At this moment in time I am a 25 year old woman, living in Canberra.

Food has got to be one of my favourite things, red wine is another and my third is definitely my friends and family.

I moved to Canberra about four years ago for a job. I’m now doing what I want to do career-wise and I also have a great bunch of people around me.

The best thing about being a woman in Canberra is being around really like-minded women. I’ve got a lot of friends who are feminists like I am and it’s great to debate ideas. I also appreciate being able to band together to do amazing things for other women.

The other side of having like-minded friends is that you don’t really get to experience the diversity of women’s experiences in Canberra. A lot of my friends are middle class, we have jobs, but I think having more exposure to diversity and making sure that we help vulnerable women is something that is a challenge in Canberra.

I have found it quite easy to maintain my health and wellbeing in Canberra. Canberra has beautiful parks to exercise in, we have great food here and I have a really great network of friends, family and colleagues that I can draw upon to assist me when I’m feeling down.

I think for vulnerable women if they don’t have access to grassroots organisations or they don’t know how to seek help maintaining health and wellbeing can be challenging.

In a society that is not often kind to women, being a woman means being a strong and resilient individual. For me, being a woman also means helping other women become the best that they can be.

The end to a perfect day in Canberra would be a glass of red wine, at a bar overlooking the lake.

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