WOW Australia

Regional Voices

Regional Voices


The strength and resilience of women and girls are a vital life force in small and remote communities in Australia, but the voices and stories of these women, and the extraordinary challenges of their everyday lives, are not often heard in big-city events and media.

WOW at Festival 2018 paid special attention to these voices to highlight their stories, achievements and concerns, enabling them to shape the thinking of the Festival and the WOW global community, and to take part in the event itself. Everyone has a story to tell, and in the process of sharing stories, we make powerful emotional connections, through which we see our common humanity and womanhood, our own strengths as well as those of others; and we find inspirations or solutions that are most relevant to our own lives.  

With the help of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, the Festival team worked with six Australian regional and remote communities of women in 2017 and early 2018 to make this happen.





In 2017 each of the partner communities contributed to planning the Festival – identifying the key issues for women and girls in their community, speakers they wanted to hear, and skills they wanted to learn, at the same time identifying longer term projects they wanted to work on in their community. The outcomes from these projects will be showcased on this site in late 2019. See also Legacy Projects