Women of influence

WOMEN living and working in regional areas learned about how they could be agents for change at an Influential Women's forum last week.

Twenty-eight women from different parts of SA gathered at the Naracoorte Town Hall for the workshop which ran over two days.

Facilitator Catherine Marriott said it was a "fantastic" event which was very beneficial for all those involved.

"What the women gained is the ability to understand that they have a story to share which people are interested in," she told the Herald.

"Women all have the capacity to create massive change in the community. All they need is a bit of confidence...and the world is their oyster."

Topics covered in the forum included staying safe in difficult or challenging conversations, social media training, mainstream media training, how to write and deliver effective speeches and the power of communication.

Ms Marriott said the biggest challenge facing women in rural locations was isolation and a lack of agricultural understanding from their city counterparts.

"It's all spurred by lack of knowledge," she said.

"People want to support Australian farmers but get confused when activists tell them what to do. We need to step up and be a part of the conversation."

Ms Marriott travels all over Australia to deliver the forum; however, this was her first time in SA.

"I would come back to the SE in a heartbeat," she said. "It's so beautiful here."

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