The Bega Valley Shire has the chance to bring Country to Canberra’s Project Empower to young women of the area.
It is a national ‘workshop roatrip’ that will upskill and provide free leadership training to young regional and remote women.
“We want to hear from people in rural Australia so we can decide where to visit, so thousands of students can benefit,” CEO Hannah Wandel said.
Country to Canberra builds leadership skills, encourages self-belief, and connects young rural women with role models and mentors to overcome barriers to success.
Ms Wandel said that volunteers will drive over 14,000 kilometres to every state and territory to run the uplifting workshops in rural high schools.
“Country towns are the lifeblood of Australia, and the best part is how rural people band together,
“Issues like the gender pay gap, political underrepresentation and social media are impacting teen girls, while distance, time and funding barriers can make accessing education and career opportunities tough,” she said.
“We want to ensure no matter where you’re from or what gender you are, you have the tools to succeed, and we’re bringing these opportunities directly to the school gate.”