• Hannah Phillips

From Auburn to the UN - Rural Women on the Global Stage


There's no stopping Jo Stewart-Rattray when it comes to empowering rural women.


Representing Australia, SheLeadsTech and ISACA at the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the girl from the bush says it is a "dream come true".

Jo, who is based in Flow region Auburn is headed to New York this month as part of the official Australian Government delegation, being just one of two non-government representatives selected.

Also attending are the Honourable Kelly O’Dwyer - Australia’s Minister for Women, Dr Sharman Stone - Ambassador for Women and Girls, Ms Kate Jenkins - Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Ms June Oscar AO - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and fellow civil society delegate - Dr Pat Hamilton.

Jo caught up with Flow FM to share her story on today's Country Viewpoint.


In a statement released by the representative, Jo spoke on the importance of the opportunity.

"While walking the corridors of the UN will be a new and thrilling experience for me, advocating for rural women and girls, for women in the tech industry and for the empowerment of women and girls across the world has been a lifelong passion.

"I pledge to make the most of this honor by doing my part to move this incredibly important work forward."

We look forward to catching up with Jo when she returns, and discussing the findings of the delegation's report and recommendations.