SIDE BY SIDE: A group of participants walk at the BIEDO International Day of Rural Women event.
SIDE BY SIDE: A group of participants walk at the BIEDO International Day of Rural Women event. Tobi Loftus

Rural women celebrated in Wooroolin

ABOUT 40 women, children and men came together on Sunday morning to celebrate the International Day of Rural Women.

The group walked from Wooroolin towards Tingoora and back before having a morning tea at the QCWA Hall.

BIEDO organised the event and chief executive officer Kristy Frahm said everyone had a good time.

"It was a great opportunity for us all to come together and acknowledge the contribution of rural women not just in our community but all of Australia, they play an important role,” Ms Frahm said.

"There were just some fantastic conversations that happened.

"If we were just at home in our own spaces none of these conversations would have happened.”

Ms Frahm said there were discussions on whether to postpone the event because of the rain, but ultimately it went ahead.

"We made the decision to still make this happen as rural women live their lives based on the weather,” she said.

"It impacts on our activities like it does all farmers in all communities, we live very closely with the weather, it wasn't a good reason for us to cancel. We'd still go head, even if we were going to get a little bit wet.

"The rain has lifted spirits. It's much needed here and we hope everyone can get under some rain.”

Ms Frahm said the best part of the day was how everyone was able to network.

"Our social networks and being able to build those networks of support is so important at times when it gets dry and when there are other challenges we face, as there are other people we could go to,” she said.

"When our networks grow, it grows the community. That's so important in our rural communities.”

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