About the Rural Women's Network
The Rural Women's Network (RWN) is a small state-wide government program within Department of Primary Industries (DPI), part of NSW Department of Industry.
Part of the Agriculture NSW Skills & Communities program, RWN works in innovative ways to share information and promote action on rural women's issues, often in partnership with individuals, groups and non-government and government agencies.
Members of the RWN team are: Allison Priest (RWN Coordinator) and Emma Regan (Project Officer).
Start of the Rural Women's Network
In May 1991 a Rural Women's Conference was held in Parkes. Participants identified the need for rural women to have more opportunities to network, share ideas, access information and have a voice in decision making. As a result, the RWN was set up in 1992.
What can we do for you?
- Provide information relevant to rural women and communities.
- Support you to develop and promote activities such as women's days, workshops or gatherings
- Connect you with key people, groups and agencies.
- Share your stories and concerns.
Key activities and projects
A large portion of RWN time is spent on specific projects and activities. Many of these projects are developed and coordinated in partnerships with other agencies, organisations and community groups.
Current RWN projects:
- The Country Web: a free newsletter for rural women and communities.
- RIRDC Rural Women's Award: a development award supporting women's contribution to primary industries and rural communities.
- NSW Rural Women's Gathering: an annual event to connect, inspire and engage rural women.
- Hidden Treasures Honour Roll: an annual honour roll recognising rural women volunteers.
- Rural Women Connect: a platform to identify issues and explore and share ideas to address them.
- If you want to stay up-to-date on a wide variety of opportunities and issues of interest to rural women join RWN on Twitter.
- Visit our Blog. You can also receive notifications of new posts by email. Just follow the instructions on our blog page.
- Join our Rural Email List:http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rwn/updates
- Join The Country Web free mailing list