The National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC), a not-for-profit organisation, is using Blackboard Collaborate to reach women in rural, regional, and remote areas in Australia in a way they never could before. The program they are offering ensures that these women have access to information and training and are able to have a voice that the NRWC can then relay back to the government on their behalf.

Recently the NRWC was invited to showcase its programs at the Commission on the Status of Women conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The primary themes of the 56th annual conference included:

  • The empowerment of rural women through their roles in poverty, hunger eradication, development, and current challenges
  • Elimination of discrimination against women and girls
  • Engagement of young women and men, girls and boys, to advance gender equality

Women from all over the world participated in the NRWS’s presentation via the Collaborate webinar. Present in the room were women from continents including Africa, South America, Asia, and Australia. Speakers included Elisabeth Broderick, Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner; Sandra Stoddart, NRWC Executive Officer; and Darriea Turley, NRWC President. Blackboard supported NRWC by sending two experienced members of the Blackboard Collaborate team as technical support on site to ensure the webinar was executed seamlessly to participants worldwide. “This event has had positive outcomes for NRWC – national and internal acknowledgement of the important work we are doing, new partners for future programs for rural women in Canada and Zambia currently being discussed, and expressions of interest for new partners to work with NRWC into the future,” said Sandra Stoddart. Blackboard is proud to partner with an organization that is empowering women around the world with life-changing education and training opportunities! We hope to support the NRWC and its mission far into the future and we thank them for helping to support our mission of improving education to those who have it and bringing it to those who don’t.

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  • Marybrell

    Love to see this. I am currently leading teams of teachers to train teachers in remote locations in Nepal and am trying to get more women into teh program