What’s Tasmanian Women in Agriculture All About?
Tasmanian Women in Agriculture (TWiA) are mothers, wives, partners in farms and fishing, and managers of agribusinesses. Many of them also work in towns and support rural communities with services and resources. TWiA members have links with primary production and with the special lifestyle and problems affecting rural families. They see themselves as, and are proud to be, rural women.
We are non-political, non-government and very grass roots.
In fact, our greatest asset is our ability to respond to the opportunities and issues affecting farming families. Our organisation increasingly has input into agricultural policy and practice in Tasmania. We operate at all levels with informal Regional Groups across the state and a State Executive. The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment assists the organisation by providing strategic support to the organisation and mentoring.
What TWiA aims to achieve
Already Tasmanian Women in Agriculture has made great gains for rural women and for the broader industry. Tasmanian Women in Agriculture’s short-term goals may change from year-to-year, but in the long term the organisation aims to:
- Raise the profile of agriculture as a forward-thinking and vibrant industry that is vital to the Tasmanian economy.
- Encourage women involved in the industry to realise their full potential and to support those who wish to be part of decision-making beyond the farm gate.
- Provide a forum to gain knowledge and understanding about what is happening in agriculture at state, national and international levels.
- Be acknowledged as a legitimate voice where advice and input is sought on relevant issues by government and industry organisations.
- Make comment, when necessary, on issues affecting rural women and farming families.
We are committed to raising the profile of agriculture, aquaculture and rural based businesses as forward thinking and vibrant industries that are vital to the economy of Tasmania. In addition, we encourage women involved in rural industries to realise their full potential and to support women who wish to be part of the decision-making to do with their industry and community.