Above: Jasmine Glover, Victorian Rural Women’s Network Coordinator
What an amazing first year we have had since the network re-established! I would like to personally thank every woman who has subscribed, connected or contacted us this year. Each one of you has a unique perspective and we value your diverse opinions, ideas and feedback. Keep it coming!
In this issue, we look back and celebrate the legacy of the Rural Women’s Network. We also thank Museums Victoria and the Invisible Farmer Project for their valuable contributions. Meet the amazing women who established and grew connections across the state including dairy farmer Mary Salce, who advanced the Rural Women’s Movement in the 1980s and beyond.
This edition also celebrates contemporary stories of women such as Sallie Jones whose focus on mental health and self-care in Gippsland has created ripples further afield. We also honour the incredible diversity of our rural women from Indigenous basket-weaving artists in south-west Victoria to young, award-winning leader Dr Joanna Newton.
We are very excited about the Rural Women’s Forum in Creswick in August, which is free to attend! Keynote speakers will be Sallie Jones, who will share her inspirational personal story of loss which motivates her work addressing mental health in rural areas, and truffle farmers Henry and Anna Terry from the popular Channel Seven series My Kitchen Rules. The forum will be full of celebrations, collaborations and connections.
I hope to see many of you there. We invite you to share news from the network with your friends and continue to grow connections further. Please encourage your friends and family to subscribe, it’s free!
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