Big opportunity for young women

Local Hannah Worsley won the opportunity in 2014.

Local Hannah Worsley won the opportunity in 2014.

Young trailblazers across rural New South Wales have an opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime 'Power Trip' to the nation's capital.  

Now in its fourth year, Country to Canberra’s prestigious Leadership Competition will award at least 10 young Australian rural women a chance to rub shoulders with politicians and CEOs, leadership and public speaking training, a tour of Parliament and much more.

Inverell’s own Hannah Worsley was a previous winner of the competition.

Country to Canberra CEO Hannah Wandel says it’s about showing girls there is no limit to what they can achieve.

To enter, Country to Canberra is asking girls to submit a 2-minute video or 400 words answering the question: 'from primary school to Prime Minister, how can we create strong pathways to power for women?'.

“Just 25% of ASX 200 board positions are held by women, and only 32% of federal politicians are women,” Ms Wandel said. “We want to change this by empowering students and giving them an opportunity to come up with innovative solutions.”

“We target high school, because it’s a critical time in a young woman’s leadership pathway. “We also know that distance, time and funding barriers can make life tough for rural students. Through our competition and prize, we provide access to training and mentorship, no matter a girl’s background and no matter how far away she lives.” Ms Wandel encourages all eligible rural female students to take part.

For further details visit www.countrytocanberra.com.au. Entries open July 25 and close 11pm on September 8.

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