The Victorian Rural Women’s Network (RWN) will be re-established at the start of July, after securing funding from the latest Victorian Budget.
The network was disbanded in 2013 by the former Coalition government, since beginning in 1986 to support women living in rural and isolated areas.
But today, Victoria’s first female Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced the RWN will start up once again.
“Women from every walk of life and every corner of our state have told me how important this is.
“We listened and we’ve delivered,” she said.
$1.7 million will be provided by the State Government to support the initiative, enabling the Network to promote women’s economic participation, professional development, and wellbeing through information about health and education services.
The Network will also bridge the distance and disconnect for women living in isolated areas, with networking events, mentoring, an e-newsletter and social media outreach.
It will provide a one stop shop for information for rural and regional women with events, ideas, an e-newsletter and social media platforms, leadership opportunities and inspiring stories.
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green said “The re-establishment of the much loved Rural Women’s Network shows that voices from outside Melbourne truly matter and there is a government that is listening.”