• Hannah Phillips

Country to Canberra Calling on Young Rural Women

Young rural women from across Australia have the opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime 'Power Trip' to the nation's capital through the Country to Canberra initiative launching today.

Now in its fourth year, Country to Canberra’s prestigious 2017 Leadership Competition will award at least 10 young Australian rural women a chance to rub shoulders with politicians and CEOs, undertake leadership and public speaking training, a tour of Parliament and more.

CEO Hannah Wandel says it’s about showing girls there is no limit to what they can achieve.

Empowering young rural women is the aim of the program, with Ms Wandel describing the opportunity available.

“The Power Trip is also an amazing opportunity to connect with other young rural go-getters,” she added.

To enter, Country to Canberra is asking girls to submit a 2-minute video or 400 words answering the question: 'from primary school to Prime Minister, how can we create strong pathways to power for women?'.

“Just 25% of ASX 200 board positions are held by women, and only 32% of federal politicians are women,” Ms Wandel said.

“We want to change this by empowering students and giving them an opportunity to come up with innovative solutions.

“We target high school, because it’s a critical time in a young woman’s leadership pathway.

“We also know that distance, time and funding barriers can make life tough for rural students.

"Through our competition and prize, we provide access to training and mentorship, no matter a girl’s background and no matter how far away she lives,” she said.

Former SA winner, Caitlin Heppner from Nuriootpa praised the initiative’s impact, saying "It had a huge influence on my life and gave me an ability to advocate for regional communities.”

Ms Wandel is encouraging all eligible rural female high school students to take part.

"This could be the kick-start you need - we want to be a microphone for the voices of young, bright future-leaders."

Winners will also receive access to Country to Canberra’s alumni network.

For further details visit www.countrytocanberra.com.au.

Entries open 25 July 2017 and close 11pm AEST, 8 September 2017.


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