Canberra calls out to young women

The 2018 Power Trip winners met with Prime Minister Scott.Morrison.
The 2018 Power Trip winners met with Prime Minister Scott.Morrison.

Young women from across South Australia are being invited to compete for the opportunity to take part in a leadership forum in Canberra.

The Country to Canberra Leadership Competition, which is open to rural young women in years 10 to 12, allows them a chance to talk with politicians, chief executives and other inspiring leaders and experience a range of empowering activities.

Country to Canberra chief executive Hannah Wandel said the experience gave young women a platform to advocate for issues.

"From Tanya Plibersek to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, past winners have met with inspiring leaders, built self-confidence, and have gone on to make an incredible impact in their local communities," she said.

"It's important to speak up about the things you believe in.

"Our competition and Power Trip is about giving young women a national platform to make their voices heard."

She said this year girls are being asked to submit a 2-minute video or 400 words answering a question about Overcoming the Odds: how do we push through the barriers to achieve gender equality.'

"This year's question is all about driving change," Ms Wandel said.

"Only 35 per cent of federal politicians are female, women earn around $239 less than men each week, and we still have huge issues when it comes to violence ... meanwhile, social media has caused a huge wave of issues."

"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, compounded by the current drought.

"Country to Canberra provides access to training and ongoing mentorship, no matter a girl's background or circumstance."

Applications close at 10.30pm, September 1, 2019.

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