The Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group announced this week finalists in the 100 Women of Influence awards for 2013. The finalists represent an outstanding group of women, however, women in the Australian agri-sector are missing.
Inspired by the 100 Women of Influence awards, Emerald Grain today launched the 100 Women Achievers in Agribusiness list.
“The 100 Women Achievers in Agribusiness list is not an award or a ranking. We will not be judging anyone’s achievements. We just wanted to start a list to share and recognise women’s achievements in agribusiness,” said an Emerald Grain spokesperson.
“Agribusiness accounts for $155 billion or 12 per cent of Australia’s economy and the sector is dominated by family farming enterprises where women play a large role in managing the business and in community organisations to support the rural communities.”
“We want to reach out to other agribusinesses, grass roots organisations and networks and work together to create a list of 100 Women Achievers in Agribusiness. It’s a celebration of achievement and an opportunity to record and share inspiring stories.”
“We hope that by creating such a list it will highlight the role of women in agribusiness and provide role models to young women considering agribusiness careers,” she said.
To nominate someone to be recognised on the list, go to www.emeraldgrain.com/women and fill in a nomination form. All you need to do in fill in the person’s name and contact details and tell us in a few short sentences why you think the nominated woman is an agribusiness achiever. We will contact the person you nominate, seek their permission to be added to the list and obtain a photograph, and then upload them to the list.
You can watch the list grow at www.emeraldgrain.com/women