To better understand the current challenges impacting rural women, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) Rural Women’s Network (RWN) engaged directly with 350 women at the 2015 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering at Glen Innes.
Over the Gathering weekend women were asked to identify key challenges for rural women in NSW, many of which were then workshopped into possible ideas for action.
The ‘2015 Glen Innes Communique’ was produced as a record of these discussions.
The five most mentioned key challenges were:
- The tyranny of distance, lack of public transport and travel time impacts on opportunities to engage in sports, community activities; take up employment, access childcare and education services;
- Access to health services;
- Improving access to internet and mobile telecommunications;
- In tough times – coping oneself and supporting men and families; and
- Gender equality and acknowledgement of the role of women in agriculture is still an issue.
It is hoped that the Communique will encourage innovation and action across government, industry and the community who all have their role to play in improving the lives of women and families living in rural, regional and remote areas of NSW.
To read about the women’s innovative solutions for action, visit the RWN website at: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/rwn to view the 2015 Glen Innes Communique.