TRAILBLAZERS across Tasmania will have an opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime “Power Trip” to the nation’s capital through an initiative announced recently.
Country to Canberra’s prestigious 2019 Leadership Competition will award at least 15 young women with a chance to break down barriers with politicians and chief executive officers, participate in leadership and public speaking training, as well as receive a tour of Parliament.
Country to Canberra chief executive officer Hannah Wandel said it was about encouraging young rural women to step outside of their comfort zone and advocate about issues that they cared about.
“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.”
To enter, Country to Canberra is asking girls to submit a two-minute video or 400 words answering a question, ‘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, who is also the 2019 ACT Young Australian of the Year, 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.”
2018 winner Shekinah Taderera praised the initiative’s impact.
“I absolutely loved meeting the other winners and would strongly recommend it to anyone out there who has big dreams and aspirations,” she said.
Ms Wandel said it was the first time that boarding school students could enter, so was encouraging all eligible students in grades 10 to 12 to take part.
“This could be the kick-start you need for your future career,” she said.
For more information, visit www.countrytocanberra.com.au.
Entries close 11pm AEST on 2 September 2019.
Caption: 2018 Power Trip winners and chief executive officer Hannah Wandel at Parliament House.