New group aims to 'empower' farm women
South East Women in Farming, a new farming group dedicated to the role of women, will officially launch in Carlow tonight.
Hundreds are expected to attend the event which will feature a special panel discussion on agricultural media and farm women.
Guest speakers will include Helen Carroll, presenter of RTÉ's Ear to the Ground, Eric Donald, head of corporate communications at Teagasc, Caitriona Murphy, deputy news editor at the Irish Farmers Journal and Claire Mc Cormack, journalist at the Farming Independent.
Lorna Sixsmith, (pictured) author, farmer and co-founder of the group said: "We set up South East Women in Farming to provide farm and rural women with opportunities to network, learn from each other, gain support and share experiences."
"We keep hearing of women being the backbone to Irish farming but it often seems to be just words rather than a means of empowering farm women.
"We want to increase awareness, ensure daughters are considered for farm succession and taken seriously when they are farming," Lorna added.
All women living or working on farms in the South East are invited to attend the event at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, in Carlow at 7.30pm.