A LOVE of regional areas, business and support were high on the agenda for GRO Events' International Rural Women's Day breakfast.
Marking the first face-to-face event the networking organisation has held this year, 20 women from across the Moree region gathered to connect with other local women.
GRO Events founder Dimity Smith said Thursday's event was the "perfect opportunity" for local women to celebrate living in rural areas.
"It was 20 women who were super keen to meet other women and to be able to do it face-to-face for the first time in months was even better," Ms Smith said.
"The event was specifically about networking and teaching women to ask for what they need and to communicate.
"Part of the event's overall goal was about meeting new people, networking and asking for help where it's needed.
"For some it was about finding a mentor, for others it was about finding sponsorship opportunities, but I think all of those things come down to networking and that is the key to helping rural women be successful."
Thursday's meeting followed a webinar hosted by GRO focused on "making yourself a priority", which featured several guest speakers.
"I think women are finding new ways to communicate because COVID-19 has made it pretty tough to do it the conventional ways," Ms Smith said.
"That's where ideas like webinars come into play because the progress rural women are making at the moment is so quick, it's really just about finding ways of communicating to keep up.
"It's really exciting to see the ideas that are out there and the progress that rural women are making in all walks of life."
Despite the exciting developments made by local women, Ms Smith said "there's still a long way to go".
"I think the challenge is the fact that a lot of the work women do is still not recongnised or acknowledged," she said.
"Particularly rural women in farming, they do so much that's not acknowledged on a greater scale.
"I think that is starting to change and I think that stems from more women being in leadership positions within agriculture."