An Australian-first initiative that will empower over 3,000 young women has touched down in the Northern Territory.

Country to Canberra is driving over 30,000km to run ‘Project Empower’, an award-winning program that promotes leadership and gender equality to teenage girls across rural and remote Australia.

CEO Hannah Wandel says the not-for-profit organisation is excited to spend the next two weeks in the Territory to run the free, innovative program in places like Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

“Incredibly, we will be reaching over 400 young women in Northern Territory high schools alone.

“Project Empower builds self-confidence, educates about diversity and provides leadership training. We want to ensure no matter where you’re from or what gender you are; you have the tools to succeed.

“We love the Territory, so are really looking forward to discussing important issues with local students.”

Ms Wandel said the response to Project Empower has been breathtaking.

“Earlier this year, we received dozens of expressions of interest from the Northern Territory asking us to come and run Project Empower in their region. It shows that people are crying out for programs like this in the bush.”

In the NT, Project Empower is visiting schools and community groups in Minyerri, Jilkminggan, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

Country to Canberra has a history of success, having run its prestigious Power Trip program since 2014 to connect rural girls with the likes of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and top CEOs. It won Holden’s first-ever ‘What Drives You’ grant to kick-start Project Empower.

The roadtrip will ultimately travel through every state and territory to over 90 rural and remote towns.

 

To follow the interactive map, documentaries and more, see www.countrytocanberra.com.au/projectempower.

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