WE UNDERTAKE RESEARCH ON ISSUES IMPACTING RRR WOMEN TO HELP SHAPE POLICY
The RRR Network conducts qualitative and quantitative research on issues impacting RRR women. All RRR research projects are conducted by in-house researchers and at times are supported by Curtin University, Western Australia under a MOU. The learnings from our research has been invaluable and as a result the RRR Network has empowered many WA women along the way.
To better understand the complexities of RRR life and support the implementation of effective policy to sustain regional development, our knowledge needs to improve on the roles women play personally and more importantly within their community.
In 2019/20, more than 650 women participated either face to face, or online, by sharing their experiences and opinions for our social science research.
Social science research allows for meaningful interactions with various groups of people. It allows for complex ideas or unanswered questions to be explored and research outcomes to be shared with key stakeholders. In turn, this creates a platform – a position of strength to advocate from and influence people, industry and government. The RRR Network undertakes this work to fulfil their intended outcomes of supporting, representing and engaging with WA RRR women.
Historically, the RRR Network’s research and advocacy focused on the agriculture industry, impact or relation to women and then to support policy design by state government.
The RRR environment today can mean many things to many people. It is not just agriculture. It can also be small business, arts, health and more. Our regions are growing and they are diverse. The RRR Network therefore represents all of its 265,000 RRR women living in WA and we advocate for their equality.
The RRR Network advocates for women against sexual harassing behaviours at workplaces. We are committed to exploring practical ways in which sexual harassment can ultimately be reduced.
During 2019, we met with 142 women to learn the diverse experiences and challenges facing women in the regions, under four priority areas of Health and Wellbeing, Safety and Justice, Economic Independence and Leadership.
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