Queensland Rural Women’s Network (QRWN) is a Queensland based is a not for profit incorporated organisation founded in 1993 by Jan Darlington. Jan is an inspirational and passionate woman from Monto who understood the power of connection, who created the first Executive Committee including prominent Queensland RRR (rural, regional and remote) women including Pam Somerset, Margaret Cruickshank and Georgie Somerset. They understood “If you have a problem, share it. Let’s talk about it. Let’s seek solutions.” They worked together to support rural, remote and regional women across the State. Thirty years later QRWN was renamed to Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network Inc (QRRRWN) and the history of the organisation was celebrated in the book Celebration of a Network – The QRWN Story. Contact us for a copy!
Nearly 30 years on, QRRRWN has a reach of 200+ members and 5000 women who wish to lean into their careers and their communities. QRRRWN connects all generations of women, who share and blend practical wisdom with innovative new ideas.
QRRRWN ‘s purpose is to CONNECT, DEVELOP and INSPIRE the wonderful women in our Rural, Regional and Remote Queensland areas. All strategic objectives are designed to support and develop the capacity of Queensland RRR women through education, to overcome adversity, develop leadership and participate in decision-making. The executive Board work to deliver these objectives, and continuously advocate for the needs of Queensland RRR women.
Fundamental to our purpose is building the capacity of RRR women. QRRRWN uses its networks to reach Queensland RRR women, and builds their capacity through:
- Connecting by creating inclusive safe environments and providing capacity building programs
- Networking RRR women with individuals, businesses, government and organisations
- Inspiring RRR women to realise their potential, be influential, contribute and share their stories.
The organisation is still a not for profit incorporated organisation. The QRRRWN Board meets 6-7 times per year to provide direction for QRRRWN’s growth and development, strategise and advocate for of Queensland RRR women. The Board has been recently refreshed with new members, and consultants have been commissioned to help develop 2021-24 strategic and operations plan to meet exciting new objectives.
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