Women in rural, regional and remote (RRR) areas of Australia face many different challenges to their sisters in the big towns and cities. These challenges are limiting the ability of many women to build their economic and financial security and indeed, are feeding into longer run and broader issues relating to financial insecurity.
THE Rural Woman, in partnership with economic Security4Women (eS4W), has researched the issues confronting RRR women with the goal of examining the main issues that are working against building the economic security of women in those areas. In addition, the goal was to develop a series of recommendations on how those problems can be addressed and corrected for the benefit of all women in RRR areas. These recommended reforms will require policy action and changes at the Federal, State and local government levels.
The basis of the findings and the analysis in this report were a virtual round table discussion with women from RRR areas plus a more formal survey which had 192 respondents. To those respondents, thank you for your often candid, private and insightful feedback. We hope we have done justice to all of your concerns and goals.
We note that this paper is not the be all and end all of research and work in this space. It is the next building block that can be discussed, enhanced and implemented in what will be a long road before we can be sure that all women in RRR areas have economic security.