An IT program created by women for women

Rural Women Online Phase 1 concluded in March 2023.

Our heartfelt thanks go to all the brilliant and capable women who interacted with Rural Women Online programs.

Our eSafety course, Keep Safe Online, and our handy How-To-Guides are available to all.

Subject to funding, we hope to launch further IT events and gatherings which may follow later in 2023/24.

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About Rural Women Online

Rural Women Online was developed as the growing gap in the digital divide was disadvantaging women who reside in rural and remote Victoria. The digital world provides opportunities for greater economic participation, enhanced social connectivity, and gives real choices to women to live and work independently.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or want to grow your current IT skillset. This program helps you to access healthcare, shop online, understand online safety and security, build a website, navigate social media safely, as well as learning how to access forums, podcasts, music, and videos for intellectual and social nourishment! See Keep Safe Online and  Learn Skills for more.


Our values:
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  • Integrity

    We foster honest, authentic, open, transparent communication, and are accountable to the team, to participants, stakeholders and all others connected to the project as it unfolds.

  • Kindness

    We are sensitive to different backgrounds and expectations, conducting ourselves with civility in everything we do.

  • Fun and Adventure

    We bring fun and enjoyment and a sense of adventure to the project and its promise.

  • High quality endeavour

    We listen well and aim to exceed expectations. We seek to create ways for people to move forward to achieve great outcomes through clarity in all our communications.

  • Fairness

    We are sensitive to inequity. We grapple with issues of affordability and access and advocate for these wherever possible.

  • Realism

    We are realistic in our offerings so that people’s expectations can be met and not crushed, working within budget constraints and not exploiting people’s time and efforts.

  • Inclusion

    We actively strive to be as inclusive as possible and non-judgemental.

  • Respect

    We practice respect and look for the best in everyone.

  • Exemplary Feminism

    We strive to be exemplary in our feminist values and practices e.g., Men as allies, collaborative and committed to creating better outcomes for rural women.

  • Encourage Opportunities

    We create and encourage opportunities for rural women wherever possible. We work to enhance rural women’s IT access.

Who we are

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    Alana Johnson AM

    Project Director

    Chair, Victorian Women’s Trust

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    Mary Crooks AO

    Project Director

    Executive Director, Victorian Women’s Trust


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    Bronwyn Johnson

    Project Manager

    Rural Women Online

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    Jess Dugdale-Walker

    Project Officer

    Rural Women Online


Established in 1985 the Victorian Women’s Trust (VWT) is a proudly independent feminist organisation.

We support women, girls and gender diverse people to thrive. We create social change projects and campaigns; conduct research on the issues affecting our communities; run thought-provoking events; provide mentorship opportunities; and give grants to vital grassroots projects.

VWT is 100% powered by donations from people in the community who share our vision for an equal future for all.

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Thank you to our general partners in assisting us to realise Rural Women Online.

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