Con­nect­ing ru­ral women

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

The re-es­tab­lished and re­vi­talised Vic­to­rian Ru­ral Wom­ens Net­work is here.

Thanks to the net­work, which was launched on July 1, thou­sands of ru­ral and re­gional women in towns, farms and board­rooms across Vic­to­ria now have a new place to con­nect, share ideas, learn and find out about events and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Ru­ral Wom­ens Net­work will re­duce dis­tance and dis­con­nec­tion for women liv­ing in iso­lated ar­eas through e-news­let­ters, a net­work­ing plat­form, so­cial me­dia and reg­u­lar e-up­dates, and will pro­vide a one-stop shop for in­for­ma­tion about men­tor­ing, lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­spir­ing sto­ries, as well as events and ideas.

Vic­to­ria’s first fe­male Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford an­nounced the reestab­lish­ment of the much loved net­work in May at the an­nual Women in Agri­cul­ture Fo­rum at Par­lia­ment House.

‘‘Ru­ral and re­gional women from ev­ery cor­ner of Vic­to­ria asked for the Ru­ral Wom­ens Net­work to be re-es­tab­lished,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve lis­tened and we’ve de­liv­ered, bring­ing a muchloved in­sti­tu­tion back to life.

‘‘The Ru­ral Wom­ens Net­work will help women in our ru­ral ar­eas get more in­volved in their com­mu­nity, the work­force and in lead­er­ship roles.’’

The Vic­to­rian Govern­ment will pro­vide $1.7 mil­lion to sup­port the net­work to pro­mote women’s eco­nomic par­tic­i­pa­tion, pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, and well­be­ing through in­for­ma­tion about health and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to join, visit the web­site agri­cul­ture.vic.gov.au

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