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Calling On Country Girls With Something To Say

HerCanberra Team

At least 10 young rural trailblazers will have an opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime ‘Power Trip’ to the nation’s capital through an initiative being launched today.  

Now in its fourth year, Country to Canberra’s prestigious 2017 Leadership Competition will award young women with a chance to rub shoulders with politicians and CEOs, leadership and public speaking training, a tour of Parliament and much more.

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

“From Julie Bishop to Tanya Plibersek, our past winners have met with inspiring leaders, built confidence, and have gone on to make an incredible impact in their local communities.

“The Power Trip prize is also an amazing opportunity to connect with other young rural go-getters!”

2016 Winner Melinda Mees

2016 Winner Melinda Mees

To enter, Country to Canberra is asking girls to submit a two-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 female,” 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.”

 2016 winner, Melinda Mees praised the initiative’s impact. “It changed my life. It gave me the courage to become someone I never thought I could be.”

Ms Wandel is encouraging all eligible rural female high school students to take part.

“This could be the kick-start you need. We want to be a microphone for the voices of young, bright future-leaders.”

Winners also score mentoring sessions and access to Country to Canberra’s alumni network.

For further details visit Entries open 25 July 2017 and close 11pm AEST, 8 September 2017.


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