To be a woman has its ups and downs, but I like being a woman. You bring kids into the world and you nurture. Women have got a big role in the world and they can do great things. I respect women and I like being a woman.

At this moment in time I am travelling uphill. At the moment the hill is steep and it’s a hard battle to get up, so I’m waiting for the easy part.

I don’t know about anywhere else because I’ve only lived here, but I think here it’s harder to find a good GP that will look after you, that won’t humiliate you and think that you’re just a woman. Because as well as a good doctor, you want a human that can tell you something about themselves, and that you can relate to.

I came here when I was five years old with my parents so I really didn’t have a choice. I’ve never regretted it. I grew up here, got married here and had my kids here. I wouldn’t live anywhere else but here. It’s beautiful.

The best thing for me about being a woman in Canberra is that there’s a lot offered to women, like the Women Supporting Women group. I also go to poetry. You can take or leave what you want. There’s so much choice. Women are more respected now. They’ve got power in Canberra. They’re safe—to a degree I suppose.

The hardest thing about being a woman in Canberra is trying to find good help, like medical help or help for domestic violence. Because when you’re a woman, people seem to think that everything that happens to you, you bring it on yourself. So that’s very hard to cope with.

My perfect day in Canberra would be a nice beautiful sunny day going with my grandkids to the park, watching them climb, and them saying “come on Nonna, come up here!” Knowing that I can’t, my grandson said to me, “Nonna, I’ll help you. Come up here and then I’ll push you down the slide.”

My three favourite things in life are my kids, my grandkids, and life in general. I’m just happy to be alive.


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