Queensland Voices Edwina Rowan Partner Charltons Lawyers

Queensland Voices: Edwina Rowan, President EDON Place, Domestic and Family Violence Centre Inc

Edwina Rowan is a solicitor who works tirelessly towards addressing domestic abuse in the Bundaberg community. Edwina volunteers her time to and is the President of the EDON Place Domestic and Family Violence Centre Inc. Established 40 years ago, EDON Place is the only Domestic Violence Service in Bundaberg. It provides women and their accompanying children who are affected by domestic and family abuse with short-term crisis accommodation and support, crisis counselling, emergency relief assistance, court assistance, community training and education, outreach service, parenting programs, children’s support and safety upgrades. In 2018, introduced a Men’s Behavioural Change Program.

Edwina was awarded the 2018 Queensland Police Community service Award for her work with EDON Place. Bundaberg Police Inspector Pat Swindells highlighted the great work undertaken by the service, including providing court support for men and women experiencing violence. Edwina regularly volunteers her time to speak at fundraising and charity events advocating against Domestic Abuse, including “Light the night” events and awareness campaigns. She is also the President of the Bundaberg Law Association and a board member of the Bundaberg Enterprise Centre.

MOST PROUD OF

Becoming the managing Partner of Charltons Lawyers in 2017. The firm was established in 1888 and I was the first female partner of the firm. I’m also proud that the firm now boasts two female partners and one female solicitor.

Being a Finalist in the Women’s Law Association regional solicitor awards in 2018, and a Finalist in the Queensland Law Society female solicitor of the year awards in 2019.

WHY I LOVE QUEENSLAND

I love the Queensland lifestyle and the juxtaposition in Bundaberg of rural countryside and beaches.

ADVICE FOR QUEENSLAND WOMEN

Set your sights very high and seek out like minded individuals who complement and promote your strengths. Be fierce advocates but do so in a respectful way. Always treat your clients, opponents and colleagues with respect. Your reputation will always precede you, so set out to be the best example of yourself that you can.

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Queensland is built by amazing Queenslanders. Every day women in Queensland are taking action to make Queensland safer for women, to help women’s health and wellbeing, to build women’s economic security and to increase women’s participation in the workforce and female leadership. Femeconomy is showcasing 20 women from across Queensland that are delivering the Queensland Government’s Women’s Strategy. 

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