Applications open for rural women’s leadership programs

rural-womanThe National Rural Women’s Coalition is asking for applicants for two leadership programs, including one to be held in Canberra.

The Young Rural Women’s Muster will run from November 7-9, and is open to women aged 18-30 who have a worthwhile project idea they would like to develop.

NRWC President Dr Pat Hamilton said the muster will be a busy three days full of learning opportunities for the successful applicants.

“We’ve got eight appointments at Parliament House with politicians and media advisors, and the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins is flying in to talk to them,” she said.

“On the first day will be the group workshop, and in the evening we’re having a networking event and we’re inviting about 15 people from the Canberra area who are leaders in various fields, so that the young women can form an association with them and pick their brains.

“On the Thursday we’ll do a lot of reflection and then hone in a project. They can have any sort of project that has a positive impact on building the capacity of young women. It can be horticulture, it can be local government, whatever. They’ve got two months to work on that, and then we’ll do an evaluation of their projects.”

The NRWC is accepting sixteen applicants, and will cover costs involved with the muster including accommodation, meals, and travel costs up to $250.

Dr Hamilton said they had already seen a strong application pool.

“Every state except Tasmania has been represented in our applications so far. They [are women who] work on their parents farm, or they may be a youth advisor, or they may be an ambassador for their rural community.”

Applications should be made online at, and close Friday October 7 at 5pm.

The NRWC is also opening applications on Friday for another one of their initiatives, the E-Leaders Social Media Program.

The classes are run using a virtual classroom, meaning that there is no travel involved. They teach skills in content marketing, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, creating and editing videos, and other social media tools.

Dr Hamilton said they are a great way to make new connections with other women.

“We look for women of a wide representation – you just have to have a good internet connection,” she said. “So it’s been really good to be part of all this, I’ve been part of 12 E-Leaders programs and I’ve met some incredibly amazing women from all around Australia. And what they’ve gone on to do has been absolutely outstanding.

“As you know, rural women are very, very resilient. We don’t have problems we just have challenges.”

The NRWC accepts twenty applicants for the E-Leaders program, with applications being open from October 7-17.


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