International Women's Day

Rural Women - Gender Equality and Equity in the Country

International Women's Day

Rural Women - Gender Equality and Equity in the Country

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The issue

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population, therefore, half of its potential. Gender equality, besides being a fundamental human right, is essential to achieve peaceful societies, with full human potential and sustainable development. Moreover, it has been shown that empowering women spurs productivity and economic growth.

These issues are especially prevalent in rural and remote communities. Women witness barriers such as Childcare, First Nations Women’s roles and Gender Equity.

HLN looked at the issues in our own community and responded with an event held on International Women’s Day

The solution

Childcare, First Nations Women’s roles and Gender Equity was discussed at our International Women’s Day event. The event was held in “Panel format”, where we engaged in conversation by asking open ended questions to the panel.

We heard from Aunty Cheryl Penrith being a Wiradjuri Women and her challenges. Aunty Cheryl spoke of her family, about losing her husband at 45 years old, her mother being stolen from her family and her future wish and work for women in her community.

Cr. Julia Ham outlined her story about women’s opportunities within the Childcare workplace. Julia spoke openly regarding the struggles she had encountered and the achievements she had worked hard for.

Fanny Lumsden’s sang songs, written and learnt about the female influences in her life. The bridges she has crossed to “Get Heard” and sexism and inequality within the music industry.

The impact

We benefitted from having these strong women mentors, highlighting the importance of building a network of supportive people around you. By coming together as a community, you are forging the kinds of networks, partnerships, and friendships that will help you achieve your goals and provide an example to younger women.

Key facts

  • Promoting and ensuring gender equality, and empowering rural women.
  • Provide access to childcare and education for rural women through the establishment of schools and optimal childcare.
  • Empower teenage girls to reach their goals and return home to apply their skills

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