INTERNATIONAL RURAL WOMEN’S DAY – CELEBRATE RURAL WOMEN!

This International Rurual Women’s Day, Friday 15 October, Food and Fibre Great South Coast is excited to Celebrate Rural Women!

Over the next week, Food and Fibre Great South Coast will share the stories of five rural women who make the Great South Coast great: Oonagh Kilpatrick (Food and Fibre Great South Coast Board member and Owner of Rosemount Dariry Pty. Ltd.), Karen O’Keefe (Regional Agricultrual Landcare Facilitator with the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority), Claire Cheeseman (Fourth year AgriBusiness and Environmental Science student at Deakin University), Cath Jenkins (co-owner and operator of Purrumbete Paddock Eggs and Business Management Consultant) and Carlie Barry (Food and Fibre Great South Coast Board member and Organic Dariy Farmer)

As a proudly women-led organisation, Food and Fibre Great South Coast is not only passionate about the advancement of women in rural industries and communities, but it sees this as a strategic priority for the economic and sustainable development of all Australian regions.

Georgina Gubbins, Food and Fibre Great South Coast Chair said “Bringing women to the leadership table is a key pillar of the work we do. Women bring invaluable perspectives to discussions and regional decision making.

“We are hugely proud to share the stories of inspiring rural women from the Great South Coast”.

Oonagh Kilpatrick, Food and Fibre Great South Coast Board Member and featured Rural Woman said “I am proud to promote, honour and contribute to the food and fibre sector, which has the potential to empower so many women in so many different roles”.

Karen O’Keefe, Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator at Corangamtie Catchment Management Authority and featured Rural Woman said “Rural women are highly skilled, educated and experienced, but it’s often the confidence that we lack. Sometimes we just think we’re not good enough or we don’t know enough.

“The reality is, we’ve all got something to offer.”

Clarie Cheeseman, fourth year AgriBusiness and Environmental Science student at Deakin University and featured Rural Woman said “I’m excited to bring my passion for a sustainable future to Australian agriculture.

“Agriculture is a great place for women to start changing the world for the better”.

According to the National Farmer’s Federation, Women produce 50% of food, represent 50% of the rural workforce and generate 50% of farm income in Australia. International Rural Women’s Day is a United Nations initiative that recognises the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating poverty.

South-West Victorian Jackie Elliott is the founder of the Australian chapter of Rural Women’s Day celebrations.

Food and Fibre Great South Coast’s Celebrating Rural Women! campaign will be live across Twitter (@GreatFibre), Instagram (@food.fibre.great.south.coast), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/greatsouthcoastvictoria) and our website (http://southcoastfoodfibre.com.au/news/). Head to the Food and Fibre Great South Coast website to read these incredible women’s stories.