Welcome to another issue of the NRWC newsletter where we celebrate and share the achievements of rural, remote and regional women across Australia.
The National Rural Women's Coalition's strength is the ability to link and connect women around and across Australia. These women bring diversity, experience, and networking to the growth of NRWC and to the growth and support of rural communities.
On September 6th, the NRWC will launch its latest e-Leaders Program, Grow, Innovate, Sustain, funded by the Australian Government. Once again, we are bringing together 20 rural women to connect with leadership experts in the fields of sustainable management planning, technology and innovation sustainability, geospatial technologies in agriculture, presenting their stories via a video clip and extending their networks under the leadership of Kerryn Suttor, Project Coordinator, and Melissa Boully, Communications Officer. The selected women represent a wide range of agricultural businesses and will share learning tools to grow their personal and professional expertise by implementing their innovative ideas. The commitment is great – the outcome will be even greater as the women grow through their innovation for a sustainable future.
On August 19th, I attended, in Sydney, the NCOSS Environment Summit: A New Year for Women – improving women’s economic empowerment. The CDEO NCOSS, Tracy Howe’s strong message that, ”Women are entitled to be in a place in every space”, resounded through the whole day as the plan for action guided us through the 7 principles and the 4 starting actions to create a movement. The dynamic inspiring keynote speaker, Lisa Witter, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apolitical, Berlin, highlighted why a movement achieves change through women being effective bridge builders, by commitment, by collaboration, by diversity – not by facts, but by powerful emotions directed by a strong pipeline of leaders, with solid partnerships, powerful grass root support, a shared political goal/outcome and a plan for the future. So thought provoking. So challenging to achieve. The panel discussions, the input from Government and Shadow Ministers, the workshops on the four themes of financial literacy, housing, employment and superannuation, the session from our Aboriginal sisters captured the future we want to see. The day certainly created a movement. To sum up in Tracy Howe’s words, ”The time to act is now. We need to realise the economic empowerment of women so that all women and girls can make meaningful choices and freely determine the outcome of their lives.” The challenge is ours!
Many international commitments support women’s economic empowerment and the NRWC also is committed to support women’s economic empowerment as the growing evidence shows that gender equality significantly contributes to advancing economies and sustainable development (UN Women). The NRWC continues to work collaboratively with our sister alliances, Australian Women Against Violence, Equality Rights Alliance, Economic Security for Women and National Aboriginal and Torres Islander Women to achieve greater security and gender equality for all.
The NRWC encourages all rural women to enhance women’s voices in decision-making, promote women’s economic empowerment and end violence against women and girls.
AWAVA Our Watch Conference Prevalent & Preventable
Adelaide Convention Centre
For further information - http://conference.awava.org.au/
Hart Field Day
20th September (Mid North SA)
Agronomic field day featuring Simon Bryant Author & Chef Celebrating the International Year of the Pulse.
Also Partners in Grain SA will provide a marquee and offer an express trial tour on the day to encourage all farming partners to attend. Children play space available in the marquee. Contact Nat Sommerville 0427 507 132 For further information -http://www.hartfieldsite.org.au/pages/hart-events/hart-field-day.php
Towards Sustainability Workshop – Coomandook SA
20th September 2016
Facilitated by Julia Telford, Engage & Create Consulting
Contact Eliza Rieger
0408 416 684 Eliza.email@example.com
NRWC Resillience Forum - Chiltern 14 September
For further information - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Toast to the Coast
29 & 30 October 2016
Two days of wine tasting, entertainment and fantastic hospitality.