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Alana Johnson has been appointed to the inaugural Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality to provide expert advice on the implementation of Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy  and the future directions for gender equality in Victoria. Visit Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy

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9th March 2018

Alana Johnson Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

Alana Johnson, a pioneer of the Rural Women's Movement in Australia, has today been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Fifth generation family farming at Benalla in north east Victoria, Alana has long been an influential leader and activist for gender equality, rural communities and sustainable agriculture.

Alana’s advocacy for women in agriculture and rural communities saw her awarded Victorian Rural Woman of the Year in 2010 and named in the inaugural 100 Women of Influence in Australia in 2012 and the inaugural 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness in 2014.

Alana has served on government advisory councils and boards for over 30 years. In 2016, she became Chair of the Victorian Women’s Trust, one of the oldest women’s funds in the world, and in 2017 was appointed to the inaugural Victorian Ministerial Council for Women’s Equality. 

Minister for Women, the Hon. Natalie Hutchins inducted Alana and others in a ceremony at the Pavilion at the Arts Centre, Melbourne.

“To be included on the Honour Roll with Vida Goldstein, Germaine Greer and Heather Mitchell; women who were change makers and my role models, is a tribute to their enduring influence,” Ms Johnson said.

“I'd like to congratulate the other women who were inducted today. I'm delighted to receive this honour as it highlights rural women and recognises the contribution they have always made to agriculture, the environment and rural communities.”

Each year, the Victorian Honour Roll celebrates exceptional women in Victoria who have made significant and lasting contributions to their local community, the nation or the world.

The 2018 inductees join more than 600 remarkable women named in the Honour Roll since it commenced in 2001.

Honourees have demonstrated inspirational leadership and excellence in their field. They come from all walks of life and include Dame Nellie Melba, Mother Mary Mckillop, Dawn Fraser, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and Ita Buttrose.

The Border Mail - Article
The Wheeler Centre  'Outbound: A Week in the Country' series

The Age - Article
Invisible Farmer Project
Alana Johnson speaks about the Invisible Farmers Project by Museum Vic. and University of Melb. Women have always been part of farming but their story is discounted and absent, overshadowed by the stories of male pioneers, stockmen and squatters.

ABC Radio NSW - Interview
Democracy in Rural Communities

Radio National :
Sunday Extra with Jonathan Green
Is it time to take the parties out of politics?

Radio National : Life matters
How do you get your voice heard ?

The Advocate
Tasmanian Women in Agriculture

The Guardian .com
Voice for Indi helps spread word that could spell trouble for major parties

ABC Lateline

NEXT STEPS FOR Voice for Indi

Alana Johnson, is the Voices for Indi President. The electorate of Indi is being heralded across the nation as a demonstration of active 21st century democracy based on civic engagement, respect and a new means of political action.

The successful election of Indi independent candidate Cathy McGowan with a 9% swing against the national trend demonstrated that politics in Australia can still be about the people rather than parties.

Voices for Indi is committed to progressing participatory democracy in Indi and beyond. After hosting IndiShares in June, an Indi summit is planned for September 2014.

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