Dave talks with National Rural Women’s Coalition and Australian Local Government
Women’s Association representative with the NRWC, Cr Alwyn Friedersdorff from Wynyard on International Womens Day.
President of the National Rural Women’s Coalition and Australian Local Government
Women’s Association representative with the NRWC, Cr Alwyn Friedersdorff from Wynyard,
Tasmania is part of a team of 11 women from the NRWC who will travel to New York this
month to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62).
Cr Friedersdorff serves as an elected member of the Waratah-Wynyard Council and
possesses extensive skills which engage, motive and promote effective team work as a
“I’m very much a community involved person and like being active, energetic and innovative
in various projects that are happening around the country,” Cr Friedersdorff said.
Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural
women and girls is the theme for CWS62 (March 12-23), which is why the National Rural
Women’s Coalition board felt it was imperative we were represented and attend, Cr
There will be a focus on participation in and access of women to the media and information
and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the
advancement and empowerment of women.
“I believe isolation is one of the greatest disconnectors facing rural women – many women
out there in regional, rural and remote areas are actually doing some pretty amazing things
like studying online to become professionals, starting up their own businesses or adding to
their business skills, and that’s one role the NRWC plays in furthering and assisting them.”
Minister for Women, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP will lead the Australian Government’s
Delegation which includes Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr Sharman Stone, Sex
Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO and two civil society delegates Dr Pat Hamilton and Jo
To prepare for the UN Commission the NRWC hosted two webinars in 2017 to engage rural
women in the submission made to the Australian Government on the CSW62 theme.
The NRWC has also been part of a broader consultation through the National Women’s
Alliances International Engagement Forum in October 2017 and the CSW pre-departure
briefing which was held in Melbourne last month.